Quand "Newsweek" fait de Sarkozy le symbole de l'extrême droite européenne. Just how far will France go? Threatened with legal action by the Commission, with precious little backing from her neighbours, France is suffering the fallout from her president’s bellicose anti-Roma rhetoric.
But the other Roma-deporting countries could conceivably help her out of this fix. Roma have now got last-minute billing for the European summit on 16 September in Brussels. Initially, this gathering of the 27 EU heads of state, accompanied by their diplomacy chiefs, was supposed to be entirely about the new European foreign policy. But what with the clash between France and EU institutions getting out of hand, the item was added to the agenda at the 11th hour. Unity requires basic rights - The Boston Globe. Nicolas Sarkozy in EU rant at Roma insult - mirror.co.uk. French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched a furious rant at an EU trade summit yesterday over France's expulsion of Roma people.
Mr Sarkozy said he could not allow France to be insulted after EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding compared France's actions with Nazi persecution. He confronted Commission President Manuel Barrosso at lunch, saying: "It is outrageous that I have to defend the honour of France. " And he insisted there were no illegal expulsions based on ethnicity. Fellow commissioners backed Mrs Reding calling France a "disgrace" but cooled on comparisons with the Second World War. Germany denies Merkel said would clear Roma camps.
By Paul Carrel BERLIN Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:20pm BST BERLIN (Reuters) - A European row over France's repatriation of Roma escalated on Friday, pitting President Nicolas Sarkozy against Germany's Angela Merkel, who was forced to deny his assertion Berlin also planned to clear camps.
The Roma: Europe's pariah people. Euro MPs demonstrate on behalf of Roma people in the parliament in Strasbourg.
They show placards which translate as 'equal rights for all citizens'. Photograph: Johanna Leguerre/AFP/Getty Images The Roma, the EU's biggest ethnic minority, scattered across a dozen countries, are Europe's pariah people. Thanks to Nicolas Sarkozy, they are a lot less forgotten and ignored than they were a fortnight ago. The outrage stirred by France's policy of getting EU citizens to sign papers, give them 300 euros, have police escort them on to planes back to Bucharest and Sofia, and call them volunteers has shone a spotlight on the fate of the estimated 12 million Roma in the EU, the vast majority of them in the Balkans and central Europe. Roma, on Move, Test Europe’s ‘Open Borders’ - NYTimes.com.
Nicolas Sarkozy: The incredible shrinking président. Le « 11h02 » : le clash entre la France et la Commission. Alemania desmiente el anuncio de Sarkozy de que también deportará gitanos · ELPAÍS.com.