From Al Jazeera:
French mayor slammed over Roma burial denial
Paris suburb mayor accused of racism after refusal to allow baby of ethnic minority to be buried in municipal cemetery.
Last updated: 03 Jan 2015 23:28
The mayor of a Paris suburb has been accused of racism following his refusal to allow a Roma baby to be buried in the municipal cemetery.
Christian Leclerc, the mayor of Champlan, has explained his refusal on the grounds that the cemetery has “few available plots.”
“Priority is given to those who pay their local taxes,” Leclerc was quoted by Le Parisien daily as saying.
Critics, however, believe his decision to refuse the nearly three-month-old girl a final resting place was motivated by anti-Roma sentiment.
“It’s racism, xenophobia, and stigmatisation,” Loic Gandais, president of an association helping Roma families in the region, said.
Gandais accused Leclerc of hiding behind the fact…
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