Thursday, August 19, 2010


An amusing souvenir of recent history:

Quand Hortefeux et Besson s'affrontaient à la télévision
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Business as Usual

Sarkozy's preference for publicity over policy is obvious to everyone:

The thing is, none of this is really all that unusual. The French government regularly shuts down the camps and expelled 10,000 Roma to Romania and Bulgaria last year alone. Since, as EU citizens, the Roma are free to travel to France without a visa (though not to live there permanently) and still face far less discrimination there than in Eastern Europe, many of them simply return a short time later. But this time Sarkozy has made the expulsions the centerpiece of a larger law-and-order campaign.