France

French Mob Drives Out Gypsy Families in Marseilles

Police say there were no arrests and no violence, the Roma's belongings left behind were burned

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Residents of a housing estate in the southern French city of Marseille forced a group of Roma (Gypsy) families that had installed themselves nearby to move on, before burning all that remained of their encampment, local press reported on Thursday.

According to La Provence newspaper, police were called to separate dozens of the residents from the Roma families, who left the site in Marseille's 15th arrondissement (district) "without violence", police said.