France to continue to evacuate illegal Roma camps

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Posted: Sep 13, 2012 8:27 AM

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A French minister says authorities will continue to expel Roma who camp illegally in France.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday that "France has a policy of evacuating illegal camps and of escorting them to the border." He spoke while visiting Romania, which has more than one million Roma, also known as Gypsies.

In August, French police expelled hundreds of Roma from illegal camps in the suburbs of Paris. On Monday, the U.N High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said she is worried about Roma rights.

On Wednesday, Romania and France signed a two-year deal to repatriate dozens of Roma families.