On my second day in Paris, I ate a picnic breakfast along the Canal and headed over to the French National Museum of Immigration. The first exhibit I saw though was all about les Gitans (gypsies) who have been living in France for a long time. Although they are not new immigrants having lived in France for generations, they are often marginalized and have often been treated as “others” in France.
Racism towards Gypsies:
Gypsies Around the World:
Even in Mexico!
The media has often villainized or romanticized gypsies.
Gypsies have been targets of discrimination throughout history and many attempts have been made to disrupt their nomadic way of life.
Despite challenges and changes, the Gypsy culture has continued to survive in France.