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Pupil’s anger after 15-year-old Roma schoolgirl deported from France

Leonarda Dibrani, 15, sits at her home with her family members in the town of Mitrovica in Kosovo earlier today. She was deported after French police hauled her off a bus during a school trip

The teenager ‘was crying, she was upset… she was discouraged’ when she got off the bus, Mr Boy said, and teachers and other children were shaken by the incident. Removed: French policemen stand guard as members of the Roma community leave a camp in Roubaix last week Leonarda, her siblings and mother were sent to Kosovo on October 9. She later described being escorted from the bus. A teacher ‘told me to say goodbye to my classmates. I told her it wasn’t fair,’ she said. Leonarda said her life was now ‘a nightmare’ and that all she wants is ‘to come back to France with my family’. Prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault ordered an investigation into how she was taken into custody and said that if any errors were found, the family will be allowed back to France for further examination. The Education Without Frontiers Network said the expulsion was a setback for their efforts to keep illegal immigrants in school and to protect them from police intervention. It is also an embarrassment for Socialist president Francois Hollande’s government, which has portrayed France as a haven for the world’s oppressed and distanced itself from his conservative predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy’s tough policies toward Roma and other immigrants. PR disaster: The incident has embarassed Francois Hollande’s government, which has portrayed France as a haven for the world’s oppressed Thousands of Roma are living in squalor around French cities and are getting involved in a wide range of crimes including armed robbery and aggressive begging. Earlier this month French police began a major crackdown on Roma families and raided gypsy camps around the country, carrying out identity checks. Meanwhile dozens of Roma families took up a French government offer of a free ticket out of the country. Last month Manuel Valls, the Interior Minister, said it was an illusion to think that we can solve the Roma problem through integration. Mr Valls wants to do everything possible to keep the Roma out of France, as he associates them with crime and public health problems.

World champions France are through to the UEFA European Women’s Under-17 Championship final tournament in England after Poland’s title defence was ended in elite round Group 4. Related Items Draw, ambassadors confirmed Before their decider against Sweden in Dungannon, France whose squad included 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup winner Delphine Cascarino held a two-point lead over their opponents, with Poland and hosts Northern Ireland out of contention. Following their 1-0 triumph, secured by substitute Perle Morroni’s 73rd-minute goal, Guy Ferrier’s team take their place in next Thursday’s draw at Burton Town Hall, which already involves England, Spain, Scotland, Austria and Germany. Poland beat Sweden in Nyon in June to win their first women’s title, but their hopes of defending the crown in England looked slim after an opening 3-0 loss to France, Marine Julian, Anissa Lahmari and substitute Manon Uffren getting the goals. Sweden defeated Northern Ireland 2-0, Rebecka Blomqvist striking on 28 and 56 minutes. Two days later Sweden were two up inside 22 minutes in their final rematch against Poland through Blomqvist and Julia Zigiotti Olme. Substitute Aleksandra Lizon reduced arrears and Dominika Grabowska levelled in added time, but Poland’s reign was over. France beat Northern Ireland 2-0 to go top, Mathilde Jouanno getting both goals. France, after their last-day success, will now aim to finish in the top three in England so they can defend their world title in Costa Rica in March. Poland at least signed off with three points, prevailing 1-0 against Northern Ireland courtesy ofLizon’s second-half effort. UEFA.com 1998-2013. All rights reserved.

France Scientology: Fraud leveled against Church of Scientology by high court

Newser.com. France Scientology: Labeled a “fraud” by France’s high court. Protestors express the same outside the Church of Scientology in France. Though recognized as a formal religion in the United States and elsewhere, the practice of Scientology has just been branded as a scam and a racket in France, despite cries of religious discrimination, reports the AFP via Yahoo! News on Oct. 16. There are approximately 45,000 Scientologists in France. The obtuse religion, founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, came under fire in the European country when five former members charged the organization with coercing them into spending thousands of dollars on required reading material, questionable services and Church merchandise. The Church was initially found guilty of commercial harassment, and on appeal the charge has stood. Church officials are not happy that their easily misunderstood religion has been declared fraudulent. Scientology is a worldwide religious movement practiced in 184 nations.

France says has taken in nearly 3,000 Syrians since 2011

Paris (AFP) – France has taken in nearly 3,000 Syrian refugees since the start of the conflict, the foreign ministry said Thursday in response to rights groups’ allegations Paris is dragging its heels. French President Francois Hollande has been at the forefront of efforts for firm action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, but Paris has drawn flak for not doing enough to accept refugees from the war-torn country. On Wednesday, France committed to take in 500 “particularly vulnerable” Syrians at the request of the United Nations. Germany, by contrast, has agreed to accept 5,000. “Since the start of the crisis, a total of nearly 3,000 Syrian nationals have been welcomed in France,” said Romain Nadal, foreign ministry spokesman. Nadal said their demands for asylum “were being considered with particular kindness”, adding that Paris was also issuing long-stay visas for some Syrians. Syrian refugees gather at the Calais port on October 4, 2013 (AFP Photo/Philippe Huguen) Nevertheless, several local human rights groups have accused France of not doing enough. The issue was highlighted earlier this month when a group of about 60 Syrian refugees occupied part of the northern French port of Calais to demand entry into Britain, after alleging they were being dismissed by French authorities. The protest saw France offering them the right to seek asylum. More than two million Syrians have left their country since fighting first erupted in March 2011, mainly seeking refuge in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, placing a huge burden on these nations. With no end to the conflict in sight, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has urged EU nations to offer asylum to 10,000 Syrians this year and another 30,000 in 2014.