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France's expulsion of Roma 'a terrible thing'

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European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said the expulsion of Roma migrants from France in 2010 was a breach of human rights. However France would not be brought before the European Court of Justice because it had changed French law to incorporate the EU directive for the free movement of people.

The controversial expulsions of thousands of Roma led to a serious row between Brussels and Paris. At the time, Ms Reding compared France's action to events during World War II.

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