Sarkozy 'happy' EU drops threat over Roma

19th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Tuesday he was "very happy" that EU authorities dropped a legal threat against France over its expulsion of Roma migrants.

"I am very happy that reason has prevailed," Sarkozy told reporters in Deauville, western France, after hosting a summit there for the Russian and German leaders.

A European Union official told AFP that EU justice chief Viviane Reding will withdraw the threat of legal action against France, which had been accused of discriminating against the Roma minority.

Reding found France had given "sufficient" assurances that it would modify its national legislation in order to better apply EU law on the free movement of EU citizens, the official said.

France drew international criticism in recent months for rounding up hundreds of Roma from illegal camps and sending them back to EU member states Romania and Bulgaria.

Sarkozy said: "The commission has decided not to launch proceedings against France for discrimination for the simple reason that, as I have always said, there was no discrimination."

© 2010 AFP

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