Bulgarian Police to Assist France in Roma Camp Dismantling

Bulgaria in EU | June 8, 2013, Saturday // 14:21|  views

133 Bulgarian Roma have been living in an illegal shantytown in the French city of Bordeaux. Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian policemen will help French colleagues in the dismantling of a Roma shantytown in the city of Bordeaux.

Two Bulgarian police officers will travel to Bordeaux on June 15 to assist French authorities in their effort to bring an end to the illegal Roma camp and to decide on the fate of those of its inhabitants who cannot be integrated in French society.

The entire slum will be removed by the end of the year, the City Hall has promised locals, the Bordeaux-based French "Sudouest" writes. Most of the Roma there are Bulgarians.

They have settled on Avenue Thiers in the Bastide district, where residents keep complaining of the filth, the smells, and the laud music.

Out of the 133 Roma, 40 will receive housing in an attempt to integrate them. The rest could face legal actions and will be, most likely, deported.

Just days ago, the NYT published an article on France's harsh treatment of Bulgarian and Romanian Roma.

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