The deportation of Roma from France back to their countries of origin is to begin on Thursday the French government has announced. With 51 Roma camps across the country now broken up over the past month and a further almost 250 to meet the same fate by October, some 700 Roma will be put on planes by the end of August.
The recent decision to shut down camps and expel Gypsies who aren't French citizens is the first time the French government has pursued such a hard-line policy, says Robert Kushen, managing director of the Budapest-based European Roma Rights Centre. "It's a very draconian measure," he says. "It's not going to solve much.", Wall Street Journal informs.