EU expresses concern over Roma expulsions in France

25th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding expressed concern on Wednesday over France's expulsion of Roma and said her office was reviewing whether the crackdown complied with European Union law.

"I have been following with great attention and some concern the developments over the past days in France as well as the debate sparked in several other (EU) Member States," Reding said in a statement.

Reding acknowledged that it was the sole responsibility of EU nations to ensure public order on their territories, but she said she expected all member states to respect EU rules on free movement.

"It is clear that those who break the law need to face the consequences. It is equally clear that nobody should face expulsion just for being Roma," she said.

"I have therefore asked my services to fully analyse the situation in France, in particular whether all measures taken fully comply with EU law," Reding said.

© 2010 AFP

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