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France's crackdown on Roma communities continues

France's crackdown on Roma communities continues
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France’s controversial crackdown on Roma continues with police launching a dawn raid on a camp near the northern city of Lille.

Authorities checked passports before taking 50 adults and children away in police vehicles.

Since announcing plans in July to demolish hundreds of illegal Roma camps France has deported some 600 people mainly to Romania.

The move has been criticised by human rights groups and President Sarkozy’s opponents, who claim he using the issue to try to bolster his flagging support.

A delegation from Bulgaria and Romania are in Paris for talks on the issue.

Romania has questioned whether the repatriations comply with EU regulations.

France deported 10,000 Roma last year and claims the latest push to evict them from the country is in accordance with European law.

Paris says only those who have been in France for more than three months without work face being sent home.