Thursday, November 10, 2011
"A serious violation of human rights." This is the conclusion of the European Committee on Social Rights regarding France's expulsion of Roms in 2010. It will be interesting to see if François Hollande takes this up as a campaign theme. He should, because the expulsions were not only unjust and heavy-handed but a demonstration of the Sarkozy regime's cynical exploitation of situations of distress. The problem for the opposition is that the expulsions were popular, as dealing harshly with scapegoats can sometimes be, even if no real problems are solved. But here is a chance for Hollande to show some "bravitude."