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Bucharest protest over French Roma policy

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Bucharest protest over French Roma policy


France is coming under more pressure over its mass expulsions of members of the Roma community.

A protest has taken place outside the French embassy in Bucharest, only days after thousands of people held demonstrations in cities across France.

Paris is defending its actions, despite concern raised by the likes of the UN, the EU and the Vatican.

Marian Daragiu from the Civil Alliance of Roma Minority in Romania said: “We are here to protest against the Romanian government, as well as the French government. This over the lack of solutions and genuine concern about Roma issues such as social and economic integration. The simple ping-pong game, sending Roma from one country to another, does not solve the problem.”

Another man at the protest said: “This behaviour has racial connotations. It’s impossible to ban the right to free movement for a whole ethnic group, based on unproved arguments.”

In the face of the growing criticism, Paris maintains it is following the letter of the law. On Monday it invited the interior ministers of several EU states to an “immigration summit”. Numerous topics are on the agenda.

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