Is France's treatment of Roma too harsh?
France and Germany are in a diplomatic row after German Chancellor Angela Merkel contradicted President Nicolas Sarkozy over Roma (Gypsy) camps. What is your view on France's actions?
Mr Sarkozy told a news conference that Chancellor Merkel had said to him that she intended to follow France's example in dismantling Roma camps. But Mrs Merkel's spokesman denied she had discussed the issue with Mr Sarkozy.
Prior to the EU summit, the EU justice commissioner, Viviane Reding had compared France's removal of Roma with the deportation of gypsies during World War II - remarks she later announced she regretted making.
More than 1,000 Roma in France have been deported to Romania and Bulgaria since late July. Critics see the policy as a way for the French president to boost his flagging popularity.
Was Viviane Reding right to criticise the French government's treatment of the Roma population? Should the EU take disciplinary action against France? Are there better ways to tackle the issue?
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