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France expels 79 Romanian illegal migrants

08-20-2010 10:23 BJT

PARIS, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- France was repatriating 79 illegal Romanian migrants to Bucharest Thursday after Paris launched a tough campaign to close illegal gypsies' camps and restore security, local media reported.

Two flights by Romanian airline Blue Air were scheduled Thursday afternoon to send the 79 back to Romania from an airport in Lyon, eastern France.

Meanwhile, 14 others are due to return voluntarily to Romania from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport after receiving a French Immigration Office notice to leave France.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy recently ordered the evacuation of illegal camps of Romanian gypsies and their repatriation following violent unrest in central France.

More than 50 illegal camps reportedly have been dismantled in the past two weeks and their 700 residents will be returned to Bulgaria and Romania this month.

Critics have denounced Sarkozy's security policy, saying it would aggravate racism and harm the country's values of freedom, equality and fraternity.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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