French President Nicolas Sarkozy -- angered by remarks insulting to France by a European Union (EU) official -- said he has "taken note" of an apology from the European commissioner who compared France's current expulsions of Roma people to the Holocaust during World War II.
"This is a situation I thought Europe would not have to witness again since the Second World War," EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said on September 14, 2010 at a Brussels press conference, according to the Bloomberg website.
On September 15, Reding said that in "no way did I want to establish parallels between the Second World War and the actions of the French government today."
In July 2010 Sarkozy called for illegal Roma camps to be dismantled and their inhabitants expelled to Romania and Bulgaria. About 1,000 Roma have already been deported from France since Sarkozy's order.