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Commission condemns French Roma deportations

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Commission condemns French Roma deportations


The European Commission may take legal action against France, branding its expulsion of Roma migrants a disgrace.
It follows condemnation from Euro MPs last week who say the Commission had failed to prevent the deportations.
Over one thousand Roma have been flown to Bulgaria and Romania since August
The European Union’s Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding says she will recommend disciplinary action against Paris.
“I can only express my deepest regret that the political assurances given by two French Ministers are now openly contradicted by an administrative circular. The role of the Commissioner as guardian of the treaties has been made extremely difficult. This is a disgrace”.
A French government directive shows Roma were targeted for deportation, something denied by two French Ministers meeting with Viviane Reding last week.
French Ministers Eric Besson and Pierre Lellouche had claimed the government had not singled out Roma when it ordered the dismantling of illegal camps. 
France could face heavy fines if it is found to have broken EU laws on discrimination.

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