France Expels Schoolgirl To Kosovo After Class Trip; Hollande’s Government Under Fire

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The incident earlier this month, but which was made public this week, has sparked outrage from immigrant groups and others who say police went too far in publicly shaming the teenager. It has also been an embarrassment for President Francois Hollandes government, which has tried to portray a kinder France in a bid to distance itself from conservative predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, known for his tough immigration policies. An investigation into the treatment of the girl, which also drew criticism from within the ranks of Hollandes Socialist Party, has been launched. Now, Dibrani says she just wants to get back to France. I was crying on my teachers lap and he was crying, Dibrani said Wednesday, recounting her ordeal in an interview with The Associated Press. My friends asked: Did you kill someone that the police are looking for you? I was afraid. I felt bad and ashamed. My home is in France, Dibrani said in French, dressed in jeans and a colorful paisley print tunic. I dont speak the language here and I dont know anyone. I just want to go back to France and forget everything that happened. The Dibrani family parents and six children is now sheltered in a house in the northern town of Mitrovica in an area inhabited by ethnic Albanians. Kosovo is one of Europes poorest regions.

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