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Campos de concentración de gitanos en Francia (IIGM)

La Foto. El maestro retirado Jacques Sigot muestra las fotos de un campo de concentración donde miles de gitanos franceses fueron internados durante la II Guerra Mundial en Montreuil-Bellay, Francia. 15 de Septiembre de 2010.

Este vergonzoso episodio de la historia de Francia es muy poco conocido y ni siquiera aparece en los libros de texto escolares: Bajo la ocupación alemana, miles de gitanos franceses fueron encerrados en 31 campos de concentración administrados por sus compatriotas franceses.

Quizás, lo más chocante en el país que se considera el abanderado de los derechos humanos es que mantuvieran a los gitanos encerrados hasta 1946, casi dos años después del fin de Vichy, el regimén francés colaboracionista de los nazis.

(AP Photos/Michel Euler)


Un grupo de niños gitanos, ciudadanos europeos, son vigilados por la policía francesa mientras son deportados a Rumania desde el aeropuerto de Roissy. 2010 (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

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The Archbishop of Paris, Andre Vingt-Trois has added to mounting criticism of the French government’s crackdown on Gypsies, or Roma, calling it a “circus.” A poll says the French are split on the issue, and meanwhile the government puts more Roma on planes home to Eastern Europe. Citizens of Romania and Bulgaria, both EU member states, benefit from free circulation within the bloc, but the French labour market is not fully open to them and if they do not have a job and lodging after three months they are required to leave the country.

Retired schoolteacher Jacques Sigot shows photos taken of unidentified inmates of a camp where thousands of French Gypsies were interned in the village of Montreuil-Bellay, in the Saumur wine region, during World War II, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2010. As children of the camp’s survivors draw up plans for a memorial to the site’s chilling past, they have been caught up in a new battle, against what they say is state-sponsored discrimination in the present against one of the European Union’s most marginalized, impoverished minorities. This shameful episode of French history is little known and isn’t in the school textbooks: Under the German Occupation, thousands of Gypsies, mostly citizens of France, were rounded up and put in 31 internment camps administered and guarded by their fellow Frenchmen. Perhaps most shocking in this country that considers itself the cradle of human rights is that France kept many Gypsies locked up until 1946, nearly two years after the end of the collaborationist Vichy regime.

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