France's crisis of conscience in dealing with its Roma immigrants hit a new low this week, following the controversial expulsion of a Kosovo girl, the France 24 website reports today (October 17, 2013).
The teenager -- identified as 15-year-old Leonarda Dibrani -- was taken from a school trip in the Doubs region in eastern France on October 9, according to some teachers, sparking outrage among the students.
A Kosovar of Roma gypsy origin, Leonarda was not home when police arrived at the family home to expel her mother and her six children. Her father had already been expelled on October 8.
The traumatic expulsion of Leonarda by police on a school bus during a class outing has resulted in an investigation being conducted by French Interior Minister Manuel Valls. Last month, the European Union (EU) warned France that it could face sanctions over its uncivil treatment of the Roma community after Valls declared that France was "not here to welcome these populations."