Euro parliament demands France 'suspend' Roma expulsion

9th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

The European parliament on Thursday demanded France "immediately suspend" the expulsion of Roma migrants in a fresh condemnation of President Nicolas Sarkozy's stand on the issue.

The resolution condemning France was adopted 337 votes to 245.

Expressing "deep concern at measures taken by France and other member states targeting Roma and travellers," the resolution "urges those authorities immediately to suspend all expulsions of Roma."

Sarkozy's decision in August to dismantle unauthorised Roma encampments and fly eastern European Roma to Romania and Bulgaria has been high on the agenda of this week's session of the 736-member parliament.

© 2010 AFP

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