NDTV reports that a UN rights watchdog group rapped France over its treatment of the Roma and its failure to tackle growing hate and xenophobic speech. The report by an independent group of experts said while France had adopted a national action plan to fight racism and anti-Semitism on April 15, there was lots left to be done.
France this year said it was investing 100 million euros ($110 million) in a major anti-racism and anti-Semitism action plan devised after deadly jihadist attacks in and around Paris in January.
The two communities -- the largest in Europe with an estimated four to five million Muslims and around 600,000 Jews -- are not the only targets. In fact the Roma, a minority group that comes mainly from Romania and Bulgaria, also face considerable discrimination.
The UN panel also denounced "incessant and repeated attacks on their rights to housing" through the forcible clearing of camps without offering them any alternative accommodation.