“[C]ompetition has brought with it darker undercurrents of discrimination and hostility towards the European Union’s newest - and poorest - citizens from Bulgaria and Romania, and especially the Roma, who are a minority of 20,000 in France. In recent months, France’s interior minister called for the Roma to be expelled and a 15-year-old Roma girl was taken off a school bus in front of classmates and deported with her family.”
"Myster of Missing Mushrooms Leaves French Blaming Roma" by Alissa J. Rubin (via the New York Times, November 28, 2013 - International section)
Sadly, this is the second article I’ve read regarding discrimination of Roma in Europe on the same page of the paper. Hard economic times turn us against each other.
“I don’t get that a lot. I’m very short, under five feet, and I often think of myself as smaller than life. Until I was on radio, I went through life being, as far as I was concerned, invisible, which of course I am on radio. But it’s one thing to be invisible on radio; it’s another thing to be invisible in real life.”