France starts removing Roma camps

France has begun dismantling illegal Roma (Gypsy) camps following a presidential order for 300 such camps to be removed.

On Friday police were emptying a camp in the city of Saint-Etienne that had been home to at least 100 Roma.

Rights groups have criticised the government’s plan to dismantle camps.

The Romanian Roma had been there in makeshift shelters and tents since May.

It was the first move since President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered 300 illegal camps of travellers and Roma to be dismantled, AFP news agency reported. Read more: BBC

Source: BBC

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