The national French newspaper "Le Figaro", in an article by Jean-Marc Leclerc dated 31 Jan 2012, entitled " The return of the disgraceful shanty towns" reports that there are tens of thousands of Migrants from Roumania scattered around France in encampments of various sizes. There are at least 250 encampments in the suburbs of Paris, although none really inside Paris.
They arrive in caravans, set up home in squalid "shanty towns" overnight and then refuse to be moved, even after court procedures have been ordered. Their camps become "no go" areas, begging and theft provide their income. Their Human Rights, as members of the EU are carefully pleaded on a regular basis !
This is not a sudden or recent situation. We live in an upmarket part of Paris and in a previous article ( Few French Tramps left in Paris, dated Jan 10, 2012) described and lamented the fact that the old style French Beggar had been supplanted and outnumbered.
There are now "Roms" as they are known, on every key street corner of our area in Paris. They occupy the same spot every day of the week.
These "beggars" are well organised, they know their rights, but the police and other official authorities condone a situation they cannot really prevent or change.
Only the political Leaders at the head of the EU could change the current rules which permit this situation !!! Any such change would require changes to EU treaties.
This problem concerns not only President Hollande here in France but also other south European Countries and Great Britain too !!! Since David Cameron wants to propose certain changes to the Treaty of Lisbon, are the "Roms" in France and in Great Britain not the right impetus for some "Entente Cordiale" ?