After the authorities have bulldozed their previous camp, leaving them effectively homeless, a dozen of Roma families relocated along the highway in Paris' suburbs. Spread among several hundred illegal encampments, an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 foreign Roma reside in France.
In August 2012 the Socialist government of François Hollande began evicting and dismantling Roma camps across the country. Minister of the Interior Manuel Valls said that “firmness” was necessary in public policy around Roma evictions, due to what he termed “the multiplication of unsanitary camps, dangerous as much for their occupants as for their neighbors”.
Living in camps throughout the country, Roma in France have been facing constant fear of being evicted without rehousing. Here is a testimony on how the community is dealing with their precarious conditions and how they continue to build their dignity in their home space.
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