Attack on Roma Teen in Paris Suburb Begs Bigger Questions

Darius, a sixteen-year-old Roma teenager was found nearly beaten to death in a shopping cart on Friday in a housing project outside of Paris. This story has made it into the headlines of the major French and some international press outlets. Called a “lynching” by Le Monde, the event has sparked the ongoing discussion about […]

Valls’ Widespread Popularity with Public Belies Criticism from Peers

Manuel Valls, Minister of the Interior and one of France’s leading Parti socialiste (PS) politicians, is back in the domestic headlines this past week, although for reasons other than the purely political. Still in the public eye for polemical comments made over Roma settlements in late September, Valls has continued grab media attention by way of […]

Mayor of Nice Targets Roma in Racialized “Call to Revolt”

Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice and prominent member of the Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP), presented on Sunday his instructions for “subduing” the gens du voyage, or travelers, as the Roma are often called. His proposal consists of installing surveillance cameras in Roma camps, reviving registration plates, and even enforcing a judiciary procedure […]

Roma Evacuations Across France Leave Policy Questions Unanswered

After a period of relative calm at the end of 2012, Sarkozy-like evacuations of the Roma have sprung up throughout France in the new year. Commonly known as “gypsies,” the Roma are a nomadic group originating mainly from Romania and Bulgaria. They are often the topic of extremely tense debates centering on immigration and government […]

Valls’ Vision for Roma Settlements Remains Uncompromising

Minister Manuel Valls rekindled the tense dialogues surrounding the Romani community in France. In an interview with Le Figaro, Valls did not hide his intent to maintain, if not intensify, strict policies pertaining to Romani camps and the integration of racial groups.  He stated, “the situation has become intolerable, and it cannot continue. It is […]