‘Roma Overdose’ Magazine Cover Sparks Outrage in France

Henry Samuel, Telegraph (London), August 22, 2013

The cover story of a French magazine headlined “Roma overdose” has sparked outrage after a summer simmering with tensions over the presence of the minority in France.

The ruling Socialist Party today accused Right-wing weekly magazine Valeurs Actuelles (Current Values) of inciting violence over its latest edition whose front page picture is a sign of a caravan with a red line through it.=

“Handouts, crime, the things we don’t have the right to talk about,” read the subheadings.=

The feature story reports on the “incivility” and “criminality” of some Roma – many from Bulgaria and Romania – in the Loire-Atlantique region. It also publishes the results of a new survey suggesting that 70 per cent of French people are worried about the presence of the Roma people in France.=

The cover sparked a furious response on Twitter, while the Socialist Party slammed it as “outrageous, anti-republican and it incites xenophobic violence against a minority of the population.”=

“These sickening values that are conveyed have nothing to do with current sentiment, they are anti-republican,” it said in a statement.

“This is a demonstration of an intolerant and intolerable political campaign. We have warned against the trivialisation of such campaigns and ideas, which the Socialist Party are fighting against.

“Stop this xenophobic overdose.”

Valeurs Actuelles said it was considering suing the government for defamation.

The magazine’s director general Yves de Kerdel, added: “The issue aims to tackle a deep problem which the government has shown it is incapable of dealing with.

“It is not aimed at stigmatising a population that suffers from the incompetence of politicians.”

He told l’Express: “All we did was transcribe to the cover the telling results of this survey.”

The controversy follows a string of rows involving the Roma and traveller community in France in recent weeks.

Earlier in the summer, the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF) announced it would be suing far-Right National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen for incitement to racial hatred for branding the local Roma community of Nice “smelly” and “rash-inducing”.

The next day, Christian Estrosi, the southern city’s Right-wing mayor, was threatened with prosecution for inciting racial hatred against the Roma by saying he “wanted cameras everywhere” to monitor “these criminals”.

Last month, centrist French deputy Gilles Bourdouleix was forced to resign from his party after allegedly claiming “maybe Hitler didn’t kill enough gipsies.” He was said to have muttered the comments under his breath at a meeting with travellers at a camp in the western town of Cholet, where he is mayor.

Nicolas Sarkozy, the former president, was criticised by the European Union for his policy of deporting Roma people. His successor, François Hollande toned down the rhetoric but followed suit. Last year his government deported 13,000 Romanians and Bulgarians an increase of 18 per cent on the previous year.

In Britain, EU “open borders” legislation is due to take effect in January, meaning Romanian and Bulgarians will be free to live and work in the UK, just as they currently are in France.

Last week it emerged that the number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in Britain had risen by more than a quarter in three months, according to figures which provide the first evidence of an influx of migrants from the two countries, even before border controls are lifted next year.

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  • Spartacus

    Gypsies, not Roma ! That “re-labeling” was done intentionally by our first prime-minister after the revolution Petre Roman, by his real name Petre Neulander (guess which tribe he belongs to) .

    • Sick of it

      Obviously a coincidence. Stop being so anti-Semitic. Etc., etc. ad nauseum.

    • William Krapek

      It was the beginning of the end when we stopped calling that tribe on its pathologies. Now we have to deal with their Muslim brethren too.

    • jeffaral

      I can tell you: if his nose is hooked he might be a………

  • Truthseeker

    Another example of the rule that no minority, however dangerous or undesirable, must ever be recognized as such, because to do so would be discriminatory, and discrimination of any sort is always wrong. The mental hoops people must jump through to force themselves to believe that everyone is the same.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Smell the aroma of the Roma.

    • NorthSea

      And, rash-inducing.

  • David Ashton

    The EU wants to criminalise “xenophobia”. The definition is incrementally flexible. Humpty Dumpty as Big Brother.

  • Romulus

    Soooon! Europe will either wither and die under the new world government and become an ethnic sh**hole OR it will implode spectacularly!! Pray that it is the latter.

    • El_Baga_Doucha_Libtard

      I’m quite certain that it will be the latter.

  • MBlanc46

    The western European countries will rue the day (and sooner rather than later) that they let all the Eastern European countries into the EU.

  • Ella

    Living in Europe some years ago, Roma men tend to sexually harass women who wear modest clothing in dead of winter. I do not have high regards for Roma as they are a burden for most communities.

  • Sick of it

    There’s no need to imagine. Centuries of history have provided the answer.


    You ever notice that when it comes to Race and Immigration politics these so-called “Governments”. Always, always, always seem far more concerned about “potential violence” of the future directed at a possible racial or immigrant group. Than they are with the actual violence of the here and now consistently directed at their fellow countrymen by these very same racial or immigrant groups?

  • To the “socialists” it must be like an amazing case of mass hysteria phenomena, which must be brought on like some kind of “right-wing” bird-flu, where in nations – no matter where they are in the world – the host society seem to suffer the same delusions about “Roma” criminality, filth, welfare and social problems.

    Whether it is France, Britain, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Greece, they all seem to share these same ‘delusions’ and “stereotypes”. It is an astonishing coincidence, isn’t it? It must be ‘learnt’ in some kind of “right wing” control over the mass media and education system……

    ….then again, they could actually be a genuine scourge that people do not welcome for good reason, and deserve “xenophobia” and “prejudice”. Then what?……

    I am sure France will be shoving them our way in greater numbers than they have been up to now……. a problem shared is a problem doubled, and all that.

    • Jenkem Huffington

      Reminds me of another nomadic group who managed to wear out their welcome everywhere they have gone. If course you aren’t even allowed to talk about them.

  • jeffaral

    If the French were not so coward, they would start vigilant groups to crack down on criminal gipsies. The “French” authorities want the total genocide of the the French.

  • Fr. John+

    I don’t care what you call them. Non-White, non-Europeans do not belong in France, any more than they belong in Germany, or England, or America.

    And caring about the “plight” of such races? As my best friend said, when we both took French class together in college, ‘Je ne give a damn pas.’

  • MBlanc46

    The EU started out small in the 1950s with (I think) five members (West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands). Those are reasonably socioeconomically homogenous places (with Italy, perhaps, being the outlier). It was getting into dodgy territory when it admitted the likes of Spain, Portugal, and Greece. They’re still impediments to integration. But after 1989, bringing in the former Soviet satellites really poses a threat to the system. Western European economies, which are the economic engine of the Union, are in wonky enough economic shape as it is, without adding millions of low-wage workers to their already high-unemployment labor forces. And with open borders, if one of the members allows Turks or Moroccans or Ethiopians to enter, essentially all members do so. There will be a high socioeconomic cost to doing that.