Yet again France has made international news for their mistreatment of the Roma, when the mayor of a small Parisian suburb refused to bury a two-month old baby who had died in a slum amid freezing temperatures the day after Christmas. The mayor originally said cemetery space if for those who pay their local taxes, but now claims he was misunderstood.

The baby was buried in a nearby town, and the parents said they will not press charges, because that would almost certainly lead to violent state reprisals on their community. President Francois Hollande has already expelled more than half the 20,000 Roma living in France and demolished a record number of camps, leaving thousands homeless.

Abusing Roma is a political winner: A stunning 93 percent of the French public believes the Roma cannot and will not integrate. But how can they, when local authorities deny half of all Roma children entrance to school, when their slums are denied water and electricity, and their sick denied medical care?

While Roma oppression ramped up starting in 2010 by ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, the fact is that many elderly French collaborated with the Nazis during World War II and interned two-thirds of the Roma population, some 30,000 people. Somewhere between 6,000 to 15,000 of the Roma were shipped off to Nazi death camps.

Anti-Roma discrimination has become so ingrained in French culture that it may take something like a cultural revolution for it to stop. What could be more likely is that France succeeds in ethnically cleansing its small and embattled Roma community.

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