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French police dismantle Roma camp on outskirts of Paris

French police officers prevent access to the media as police dismantle a sprawling Roma camp in La Courneuve on the outskirts of Paris yesterday. Picture by AP
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Police are clearing out one of France’s biggest and oldest Roma camps, a sprawling network of makeshift shelters next to a Paris region highway, an official and an activist said. A police official with the Seine-Saint-Denis region north east of Paris said the evacuation began on yesterday afternoon in the town of La Courneuve, after weeks of debate about the camp’s future. Thousands of Roma are estimated to live in France and face routine discrimination and evacuations. Their camps often lack water and electricity, and authorities often cite sanitary reasons for disma[...]
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