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France Roma expulsions a disgrace

France's deportations of Roma have been widely condemned

The European Union’ has strongly condemned France’s
expulsions of Roma
(Gypsies) ‘a disgrace’ and added that the deportations
probably breach European Union law. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said she was appalled by the expulsions.

I am personally convinced that the commission will have no choice but
to initiate infringement procedures against France” for discriminatory
policies, she said.

France’s deportation of more than 1,000 Roma in the face of widespread international
condemnation has drawn further international disapproval in recent weeks.

Officials in France have attacked and dismantled over 100 Roma camps across
the country. France maintained that there was no formal policy that targetted
the deportation of Roma peoples as that act would be deemed illegal under European
law. France has consistently denied that the expulsions target an ethnic group,
saying they are done on a case-by-case basis.

This claim was swiftly exposed as a lie by the publication of a letter from
French Government officials who urged regional officials to explicitly target
Roma; and ordering them to speed up a crackdown on Roma camps.

Reding harshly criticized French authorities for telling the EU commission
it was not discriminating against Roma — a claim apparently contradicted
by the publication of the French government letter.

It is my deepest regret that political assurances given by two French
ministers is now openly contradicted,

In a stinging rebuke Reding added.

The role of the commissioners as guardians of the treaties is made extremely
difficult if we can no longer have confidence in the assurances given by two
ministers in a formal meeting with two commissioners and around 15 senior officials
on the table from both sides.

Reding was referring to France’s immigration minister, Eric Besson, and its
European affairs minister Pierre Lellouche. Besson denied any knowledge of the
reported Interior Ministry letter.

Commentating on today’s development, race campaigner Lee Jasper said:

The French Government has adopted a formal policy of racism that unfairly
and illegally targets Roma peoples. That is an act of state sponsored racism
with deeply sinister echoes of the policies of Nazi Germany. France stands condemned
by the majority of Europe

France should hang its head in shame. Sarkozy has embarked on a deceitful
campaign of targetting vulnerable ethnic minorities in a desperate effort to
deflect attention from his own shortcomings. The EU should now prosecute France
for serious human rights abuses.

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2 Responses

  1. “France’s deportation of more than 1,000 Roma in the face of widespread international
    condemnation has drawn further international disapproval in recent weeks.”

    What problem/s has led to these people being in France and under those conditions in the first place? If there is widespread condemnation about France’s treatment of these people, why have the international community allowed those peoples situation to have descended into them having to flea to France in the first place?

  2. “If there is widespread condemnation about France’s treatment of these people, why have the international community allowed those peoples situation to have descended into them having to flea to France in the first place?”

    Good question.

    The answer is that these people aren’t fleeing their country. They are travelling around and builting ramshackle settlements in places because that is what they like to do. What they are doing constitutes to illegal settlement.

    They are not refugees at all.

    France bribes these people to leave because it is cheaper than the hassle and stigma of having to evict them under law. It makes sense really.

    This “Nazi Germany” comparison is complete nonsense. I don’t remember Nazi Germany bribing any Roma gypsies to leave. It is also a rather offensive allegation.

    Why does the international community come to support illegal settlement when most countries do not? Because the international community is not made up of those that administrate countries. It is made up of international bureaucrats who run organisations that do not equate to soverign nations. They provide international services and it allows them to have an opinion of things.

    When organisations ‘cry out’ human rights abuses, the international community, being an organisation itself, believes it has to follow this opinion. If there is a conflict of interest then the international community have to do more paperwork. This is why they want countries to clairvoyantly solve every problem, such as setting aside free lodgings for travelling people at the tax-payer’s expense while providing little-to-nothing in the way of economic growth. I’m not against such ideas but it would be nice if they were appreciated rather than expected.

    Genocide is a human rights abuse. These Roma people, by creating illegal settlement, are just being unreasonable and against the law.

    I don’t think that Lee Jasper really understands the motivations of the Roma people in question. He is likely motivated by something else. Perhaps a dislike for Western Europeans?

    “The EU should now prosecute France
    for serious human rights abuses.”

    Oh right, money.

    Everything is inevitably about money.

    I mean, that’s not going to really going to progressively solve the world’s problems now, is it?

    Cash doesn’t cut it. It is the lazy person’s option for solving problems.

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