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.