Reaction to France’s Expulsion of Roma Grows

BRUSSELS — After an acrimonious dispute over its expulsions of Roma, France was told on Wednesday that it would face legal proceedings for failing to meet minimum European Union safeguards to protect the rights of the bloc’s citizens.  

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The decision followed a fierce clash between theEuropean Commission, the bloc’s executive body, and President Nicolas Sarkozy of France that overshadowed a meeting of European Union leaders this month.

Wednesday’s action is less than the European commissioner for justice, Viviane Reding, promised a little more than two weeks ago, when officials also considered taking France to court over the more serious charge of discrimination. But she did single out the government in Paris for legal action.


About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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