Deported roma girl may only return to france alone

Deported roma girl may only return to france alone

After the highly controversial deportation, the head of state offered the 15-year-old the chance to return to france from kosovo – but only on her own. The girl immediately refused the offer.

"I don’t want to be alone in france, i’m not going to give up my family," leonarda said on saturday. Her brothers and sisters also had to be able to go to school. Harlem desir, the head of the ruling socialists, also wants to make a strong case for this.

Hollande assured girl’s readmission "if she wants to continue her schooling in france". The controversial deportation of the 15-year-old girl and her family to kosovo has been causing a stir in france for days now.

Interior minister manuel valls, however, wants to stick to his hard line against foreigners living illegally in france. "Nothing will make me change my course," the socialist politician told the sunday newspaper "journal du dimanche".

Thousands of french schoolchildren demonstrated against the deportation in several cities. Valls had also been criticized within the party. Hollande’s offer to girl called valls a "gesture of rudeness". But the family must not return, the interior minister stressed.

The greens involved in the government, but not necessary for a majority, called the attitude of hollande and valls on sunday "inhuman and incomprehensible". They also demanded the right of return for the whole family.

Hollande announced to prohibit arrests in the school environment. Valls sent a corresponding order to the prefectures over the weekend. The 15-year-old girl was picked up by police during a school trip to be taken to kosovo with her roma family.

The deportation was "in accordance with regulations" according to a report requested by the government. However, it was not taken into account that the action should not have taken place in the school environment. The report also recommends that the rules in force be tightened to prevent actions in such areas.

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