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France. There were protests in France in October 2013 after police removed a 15-year old girl from a school bus and deported her with her family to Kosovo. The French government, with widespread public support, has been removing unauthorized Roma. The girl's father, who was born in Kosovo, said that his six children were born in Italy but lacked birth certificates. The father said he lied to police and said the entire family was from Kosovo in order to avoid being returned to Italy.
There are at least 20,000 Roma in France, mostly EU nationals from Bulgaria and Romania, and they are often accused of using children to prey on tourists in Paris, Marseille and Lyon. Interior minister Manuel Valls said that France did not welcome the Roma, and polls show that most French agree with Valls that unauthorized Roma should be removed. Some mushroom pickers in Fall 2013 complained that the Roma who live in Spain are picking France's wild mushrooms and taking them back to Spain to sell.
The 11 million Roma or Gypsies in Europe are descended from migrants who left India in the 1500s. They are often not integrated in the societies in which they live, and many do not complete secondary school and marry young, perpetuating their outsider status. In October 2013, over 25 adult Roma were convicted in Nancy, France, of selling child brides for up to E200,000 each based on their ability to steal. Testimony suggested that the adults used children to steal so that they would not be prosecuted.