PARIS — France has expelled nearly 100 Gypsies, or Roma, to
their native Romania as part of a very public effort by conservative
President Nicolas Sarkozy to dismantle Roma camps and sweep them out of
the country, the Immigration Ministry said.
France chartered a
flight to Bucharest, which left from the southeastern city of Lyon on
Thursday with 79 Roma aboard, Immigration Ministry officials said.
However, Romanian border police official Cristian Ene, at Bucharest's
Aurel Vlaicu airport, said only 61 people were aboard. The French
Immigration Ministry was unable to immediately explain the discrepancy.
other people were repatriated to Romania aboard a commercial flight
from the Paris region earlier in the day, the French officials said,
adding that another Romania-bound repatriation flight was expected
Friday. Additional flights were scheduled for later this month and
September, Romania's Foreign Ministry said.