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France moves gypsies on

France has begun dismantling hundreds of illegal Romany gypsy camps after an order by the president.

Yesterday, about 100 people were moved on after police emptied a camp in the central city of Saint-Etienne.

The Roma had been living there in makeshift shelters and tents since May.

It was the first such move since President Nicolas Sarkozy announced plans a week ago to shut 300 illegal camps in the next three months.

Mr Sarkozy also said members of the Roma community who had committed public order offences would be deported immediately.

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