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French leader extends hand to deported Roma girl

French President Francois Hollande said Saturday a Roma schoolgirl whose controversial deportation sparked mass student protests would be allowed to come back, but without her family. Leonarda Dibrani's eviction caused an outcry because she was detained during a school trip before being deported with her family to Kosovo, and students took to the streets this week demanding the 15-year-old return and Interior Minister Manuel Valls resign.

French leader extends hand to deported Roma girl

French President Francois Hollande said Saturday a Roma schoolgirl whose controversial deportation sparked mass student protests would be allowed to come back, but without her family. Leonarda Dibrani's eviction has caused an outcry in France, sending droves of angry high school students to the streets this week and placing popular interior minister Manuel Valls under a hailstorm of criticism.

Thousands of French students protest against deportations

Thousands of high school students in Paris and other parts of France rose up Thursday in anger at the deportation of foreign pupils, after the high-profile eviction of a 15-year-old Roma girl. Leonarda Dibrani was detained during a school trip earlier this month and deported to Kosovo with her parents and siblings, in a case that has raised questions over France's immigration policies, shattered the unity of the ruling Socialist party and landed France's popular interior minister Manuel Valls in hot water.

Thousands of French students protest against deportations

Thousands of high school students in Paris and other parts of France rose up Thursday in anger at the deportation of foreign pupils, after the high-profile eviction of a 15-year-old Roma girl. Leonarda Dibrani was detained during a school trip earlier this month and deported to Kosovo with her parents and siblings, in a case that has raised questions over France's immigration policies, shattered the unity of the ruling Socialist party and landed France's popular interior minister Manuel Valls in hot water.

Paris students protest amid deportation outcry

High school students blocked the entrance to several schools in Paris Thursday in protest against the deportation of foreign pupils following the high-profile eviction of a 15-year-old Roma girl. Leonarda Dibrani was detained by police during a school trip earlier this month and deported to Kosovo along with her parents and five siblings -- a case that has triggered an angry backlash and landed France's Interior Minister Manuel Valls in hot water.

Thousands of French students protest against deportations

Thousands of high school students in Paris and other parts of France rose up Thursday in anger at the deportation of foreign pupils, after the high-profile eviction of a 15-year-old Roma girl. Leonarda Dibrani was detained during a school trip earlier this month and deported to Kosovo with her parents and five siblings, in a case that has raised questions over France's immigration policies, shattered the unity of the ruling Socialist party and landed France's popular interior minister Manuel Valls in hot water.

French interior minister faces outcry over Roma girl's deportation

France's Interior Minister Manuel Valls has defended the treatment of a 15-year-old Roma girl who was detained by police during a school trip and deported to Kosovo, amid an outcry within the ruling party. Valls on Wednesday defended the deportation of Leonarda Dibrani, her parents and five siblings aged between one and 17 as legal, but ordered officials to review the handling of the case.

Schoolgirl's deportation sparks new Roma storm in France

A new row over France's treatment of Roma migrants erupted Wednesday after a 15-year-old girl was detained by police during a school trip and deported to Kosovo. The incident occurred in the eastern town of Levier on October 9 but only came to light this week after being highlighted by an NGO that campaigns against the expulsion of school-age children. Interior Minister Manuel Valls defended the deportation of Leonarda Dibrani, her parents and five siblings aged between one and 17 as legal, but ordered officials to review the handling of the case.

Detention on school trip sparks new Roma storm in France

A fresh storm over France's treatment of ethnic Roma erupted on Wednesday following the deportation to Kosovo of a 15-year-old girl who was detained by police during a school trip. The incident occurred in the eastern town of Levier on October 9 but only came to light this week after being highlighted by an NGO that campaigns against the expulsion of school-age children.

Brussels rap for France as new Roma row erupts

The European Commission on Wednesday issued a rare public rebuke to France after Interior Minister Manuel Valls defended a call for tens of thousands of ethnic Roma to be kicked out. "Free movement, like the freedom of residence, in another country are fundamental rights," said Olivier Bailly, a spokesman for the EU's executive arm, the Commission. The Commission, however, stopped short of threatening Paris with sanctions, acknowledging that the government was within its rights to expel migrants who had not found work or other means of support after three months.
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