European authorities threatens France over Roma expulsions

Sarkozy government given two weeks to abide by EU rules on freedom of movement

Europe is threatening to punish France for its expulsion of Roma, giving Nicolas Sarkozy’s government two weeks to abide by the EU’s protections on freedom of movement. “The Commission considers that France has not yet transposed the directive on free movement into national legislation that makes these rights fully effective and transparent,” read a statement from the European Commission. Should France fail to respond by October 15, it could theoretically find itself facing infringement proceedings at the European Court of Justice. The French government has already expelled some 1,700 Roma to Romania and Bulgaria.


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