A Romanian Gypsy leader today compared French President Nicolas Sarkozy to Romania’s pro-Nazi wartime leader, following the expulsion of hundreds of Gypsies from France.
Iulian Radulescu said that Gypsies are being unfairly treated.
France has sent back about 1,000 Gypsies to Romania and Bulgaria in recent weeks as part of its measures to reduce crime.
Mr Radulescu said the expulsions mean that many Gypsies are paying “for the crimes of the few”.
During the Second World War rule of dictator Marshal Ion Antonescu, 11,000 Gypsies – also known as Roma – were killed after being deported from Romania.