Mass expulsions based on ethnicity violate European Union law, Mr. Kushen said, and the failure of France to do individual assessments of each case — as opposed to cursory examinations of papers by the police — also violates European Union rules.
The new campaign has been roundly criticized as political, an effort by Mr. Sarkozy to revive his support on the right of the French political spectrum. The campaign has also been attacked as racist, focusing on ethnic or racial groups rather than individual criminals. The government rejects the criticism as misguided and utopian and says it is trying to fight crime and preserve public order.Haven't I heard this story before?
From Jacob Rader Marcus, ed., The Jews in the Medieval World (New York, 1999): 27-30.
Expelling a people based on some "threat" to public order (usually more perceived than real) that they, as a group, are said to pose. I'm surprised Sarkozy didn't go all the way and just say the Roma are "dirty," or "unclean" and "pollute" French society.
And history echoes forward...