sarkozy showdown.jpgA summit of EU leaders in Brussels is likely to be dominated by a row over France’s crackdown on Roma migrants from Romania and Bulgaria.

 

President Nicolas Sarkozy was furious after European Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, appeared to compare France’s removal of Roma with Gypsy deportations during World War II.

 

Ms Reding later said she regretted interpretations of her statement.

EU leaders are due to discuss ways to prevent a new financial crisis.

 

Also to be discussed are plans to co-ordinate their approach towards emerging powers like China and India.

 

France has deported thousands of Romanian and Bulgarian Roma over the past few years, but it began accelerating the process last month, as part of a high-profile crackdown on illegal camps in the country.

 

On Tuesday, Ms Reding seemed to compare France’s actions to the persecution of Jews and Gypsies in Nazi-occupied France, when she said: “This is a situation I had thought Europe would not have to witness again after the Second World War.”

 

She also urged the European Commission to take legal action against France over the deportations.