No to Romania’s Schengen entry

ImageFrench President Francois Hollande will block Romania’s bid to enter the Schengen zone on January 1, 2014, according to an unnamed source from the French Government.

Quoted by the French media, the source claimed the French President supports the position of France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls, who recently expressed concerns over the influx of Roma to the country.

As a consequence of this firm line, Hollande will reject Romanian’s ascension to the passport free zone, the source states.

 “An associate of the President is categorical: Romania will be refused the Schengen entry on January 1, 2014, as the conditions are not met,” The French website Europe1.fr writes.

“Most of the Roma are destined to be escorted back to their origin country.”

The statement quoted by TheEurope1.fr is in line with remarks recently made by Manuel Vells.

However this time, the comments were attributed to Francois Hollande.

“Only a minority seeks to integrate,” he is reported to have said.

Europe1.fr added that the President’s opinion goes further than concerns over a Roma influx and takes into account the difficulties faced by elected officials.

The president asks: “Whether France is destined to host all those most vulnerable?”

The statement, notes Europe1.fr, echoes the words of Michel Rocard, who back in 1990 said: “France can’t host all the misery of the world”.

Recently, Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front, has also expressed her concerns over Romania and Bulgaria’s Schengen entry.

However, earlier in September, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Romania and Bulgaria have met the criteria for Schengen area membership and should be given a chance to enter the zone as soon as possible.

Both countries have been refused access into the Schengen area in the last few years, with several countries taking turns in opposing it.

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Roma ‘hate’ speech of Cholet mayor Gilles Bourdouleix


FRENCH investigators have opened a criminal probe into a politician who was allegedly recorded saying that Hitler “did not kill enough” Roma.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls had earlier called for Gilles Bourdouleix, controversial mayor of the western town of Cholet, to be “severely punished” for the comments.

Mr Bourdouleix reportedly muttered the remark on Sunday as he confronted members of the travelling community, also known as gypsies, who had illegally set up camp, according to a recording posted on the site of regional daily Courrier de l’Ouest.

“Maybe Hitler did not kill enough,” Mr Bourdouleix is heard saying after the Roma had reportedly given him the Nazi salute.

Mr Bourdouleix, who is a member of the lower house National Assembly with the centrist UDI party, is also facing expulsion from his party.

Local prosecutor Yves Gambert said his office had opened a preliminary investigation into the remarks on Monday, on charges of “defending crimes against humanity”.

“I believed that this justified the opening of an investigation,” he said.

Mr Bourdouleix faces up to five years in prison and a 45,000-euro ($60,000) fine if convicted on the charge.

Prosecutors have also ordered that the recording of the remark be analysed to see if it was altered.

Mr Bourdouleix has said his comments were taken out of context and alleged the recording was tampered with.

The comments sparked an uproar, with Mr Valls describing them as “unacceptable”.

“These comments are a defence of crimes committed in the Second World War, a defence of Nazism and coming from a mayor, from a member of parliament, it’s completely intolerable,” he said on TV channel i-TELE.

Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Mr Bourdouleix’s comments were “not worthy of an elected representative” and were “punishable by law”.

Mr Bourdouleix also risks being kicked out of his party.

“I hope Mr Bourdouleix’s political party will take on its responsibilities, because this is unacceptable behaviour and not the first time for this man,” Mr Ayrault said.

Mr Bourdouleix has made controversial remarks about Roma in the past, including in November 2010, when he threatened to drive a truck through one of their caravan camps, and last November, when he said France was facing a “new invasion” from the community.

The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights says almost 12,000 Roma were evicted from camps across France last year, 80 per cent of them forcibly.

A French law stipulates that every town of more than 5,000 inhabitants must set up sites able to house members of the travelling community — be they Roma, circus performers or fun fair organisers.

In Cholet, authorities say the site devoted to travellers was temporarily closed due to works, adding the Roma had moved on since Sunday’s incident.





Mayors and residents of France drives away nomadic caravans installed illegally without waiting for the court decisions.

Last week at Guérande, a small town in France, near Nantes, the mayor deputy, Mr Christophe Priou has threatened to resign in order to protest to the illegal installation of 150 families on a football field.

In May, “about 50 people” in Montévrain, located two kilometers from Disneyland, near Paris, responded to a call on Facebook of mayor Robache Christian in front of what he described as a “savage invasion”.

The mayor of this village of 8,700 inhabitants tried to prevent the installation of 150 evangelical Gypsy caravans in the municipal park.



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”.