French President Emmanuel Macron said in July he wanted emergency shelters 'everywhere' for homeless migrants by the year's end, but while failing that target, with thousands continuing to sleep rough in cities and woodlands, the government is now focussing on tougher measures to expel migrants and also to prevent them entering the country from Africa.
Conservative presidential election rivals did not attend the opposition party leader's keynote speech at the end of weekend policy meeting.
An estimated 20,000 Roma live, in mostly precarious conditions, in France, which has arguably the toughest policy towards them among EU states.
The plight of migrant Roma squatters, harshly scapegoated and ostracized, is only getting worse in France, warns a New York Times editorial.
Embattled Jean-Marc Ayrault, while not promising tax cuts, launches a plan of national consultations to improve the just application of taxes.
Relations have plunged to a new low after François Hollande's party openly criticised Merkel's self-serving approach to euro crisis.