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A French MEP attacks Romania and Bulgaria on Roma issues


A French MEP attacks Romania and Bulgaria on Roma issues

Mr Pierre Lellouche, Member of the UMP (opposition party of former President Nicholas Sarkozy) made a speech the other day at the National Assembly, in which he attacked Romania and Bulgaria regarding the huge funds used for the integration of Roma.
Addressing to the French Interior Minister, Mr Manuel Valls, Lellouche said that France is “disarmed” facing the free movement of Romanians and Bulgarians.
“With the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union in 2007, France is experiencing an influx of Roma population which increase day by day in huge proportions. Entire families, entire villages leaving their home country come and set on French territories,” said Lellouche.
According to the deputy of the opposition, there are currently 30,000 people who migrate from one camp to another, in France. They come to steal or prostitute themselves in order to earn money. On the other hand, no checks can be done on their right to stay for three months, and minors cannot be punished. France is powerless, “said the deputy.
Answering Mr Lellouche´s concern the French Interior Minister, Mr Manuel Valls said “The Roma issues, like other cases, we have inherited from the previous management (Mr Nicolas Sarkozy) because you have not managed to solve them.
The Roma issue is dealt with pragmatism and realism, we must respect the right to move and be firm at the same time, “said Manuel Valls.
Also Mr Valls reminded the cooperation between Romanian and French police, who had “positive results”.

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