The French government looks set to continue its controversial policies towards the country’s Roma community, despite growing criticism that they have created a “toxic atmosphere” which may have led to the savage lynching of a Roma teenager.
“There is a toxic atmosphere in France at the moment, going right up to government level, which allows anti-Roma speech and behaviour. This violent attack against a young Roma boy is partly the tragic outcome of this,” said Violeta Naydenova of the Open Society Foundations.
The 16-year-old boy, Darius, was still in a coma between life and death one week after being dragged from the squalid camp where he and his family lived, beaten to a pulp and dumped in a supermarket trolley. He is being guarded by two police officers in the Paris hospital treating him.