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Under fire French interior minister defends Roma attack

Manuel Valls says he stands by his views that few Roma could integrate into French society and a "majority" should be sent "back to the borders".

'Roma overdose' magazine cover sparks outrage in France

Socialist Party accuses right-wing weekly magazine Valeurs Actuelles of inciting violence over its latest edition, saying it conveys 'sickening values'.

France ends Roma repatriation payment scheme

Payments of 300 euros per adult and 100 euros per child to Roma migrants who accept to return to their country of origin to be scrapped this month.

Roma rights groups plan international protests after Marseille mob torches camp

Rights groups supporting Roma migrants call for international protests after a mob of  Marseille residents torched one of their camps.

Roma evictions: more than 2,000 removed from camps this summer

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In terms of figures, if not official rhetoric, the current government’s track record for dismantling Roma camps in France already matches that of the previous administration. According to headcounts collected by Mediapart, more than two thousand people were evicted in July and August 2012. A number of them were put on two charter flights back to Romania. Despite that, as Carine Fouteau reports, some activists insist the current situation cannot be compared to the Sarkozy era.

Hopes raised, Roma in France still face a date with the bulldozer

Just a few months into his presidency, President  Hollande’s approach has proved to be quite like that of his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

France to relax work restrictions imposed on Roma immigrants

France is to ease conditions for Roma immigrants to obtain work and residence rights, after years of expulsions which continued this month.

'It's all for show': French police officers speak out on Roma evictions

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The French socialist government this summer ordered the forced evictions of hundreds of Roma gypsy families from makeshift camps set-up around several of the country’s major cities, followed by the repatriation of some of the occupants to their native Romania. The crackdown has divided government ministers and caused an outcry from Roma rights’ associations, prompting Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to organize an inter-ministerial meeting to seek wider solutions to dissolving the illegal camps, to be held on Wednesday. Mediapart sought out the views of several police officers involved directly and indirectly in evictions of two Roma camps near the city of Lille (photo) earlier this month. “The problem isn’t solved, what we’ve done is all for show,” commented one, echoing criticism leveled at the government that the forced dismantling of the camps is doing little else than keeping the Roma trapped in a spiral of poverty. Louise Fessard reports.

France mulls lifting work restrictions on Roma immigrants

French officials to discuss lifting working restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian nationals, in an effort to give legal status for Roma immigrants.

EU warns France over Roma expulsions

The European Union says French expulsions of Roma are under scrutiny to ensure they comply with its rules on free movement of people.

French government launches new wave of crackdowns on Roma camps


French police evicted some 200 Roma gypsy migrants from makeshift camps close to Lille on August 9th, in an early morning operation that followed several other forced evictions of Roma from settlements in Paris and Lyon in recent days. The evictions in Lyon led to 240 of the homeless Roma being sent back to Romania by plane, which French officials described as a voluntary repatriation. The moves have outraged French associations campaigning for the rights of Roma, who accused the new socialist government of continuing with the stigmatizing policies of its conservative predecessors.

The increasing squalor for Roma in France

A year ago President Nicolas Sarkozy laid down a tough new policy towards Roma gypsy migrants in France that caused outcry at home and abroad, when it was even compared with the treatment of Jews during the Second World War. One year after his speech, Mediapart visited a camp for Roma north of Paris accompanied by the ‘French doctors' charity Médecins du Monde and local authorities. Cécile Alibert reports on an alarming situation.

France’s Roma defeat crackdown

Nicolas Sarkozy's attempt to force thousands of Roma migrants to leave France has done nothing to cut their numbers, a new report shows.

The 'devastating' stigmatisation of the Roma in France

Roma family in Strasbourg. © L.F. Roma family in Strasbourg. © L.F.
In the summer of 2010, the French government launched a crackdown on Gypsy immigrants in France,with the demolition of hundreds of Roma camps and mass expulsions, mainly to Romania. In an interview with Mediapart, French sociologist Jean-Pierre Liégeois, one of Europe's leading experts on the Gypsy community, traces the history of the Roma and slams the campaign of stigmatisation against them as "economically costly and humanly devastating".