SAINT OUEN, France — French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday ordered authorities to expel gypsy illegal immigrants and dismantle their camps, amid accusations that his government is acting racistly in its treatment of the group known as Roma.
Sarkozy called a government meeting Wednesday after Roma clashed with police this month after the fatal shooting of a gypsy youth fleeing officers in the Loire Valley.
Sarkozy said those responsible for the clashes would be "severely punished" and ordered the government to expel all illegal Roma immigrants, almost all of whom have come from eastern Europe.
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