Provence & Côte d'Azur: More unwelcome travellers set up camp on the Côte d'Azur
Gypsies cause havoc in La Roquette
On Sunday 1st July, hundreds of Evangelist gypsy travellers from the Vie et Lumiere (Life and Life) missionary group broke into a protected meadow, knocking down a wall and surging out onto the pasture.
Sparks flew and police were forced to step in when the travellers went out in search for an electricity connection and butted heads with nearby La Roquette residents.
The Christian travellers are reportedly refusing to bow to pressure from the council and community, but have promised to leave the field on 22nd July. It's believed the La Roquette municipality and residents have lodged legal complaints.
"From next Monday, riding stables and children's activities were supposed to be installed on the site," a legal spokesperson for the town told local media, "We have got to get them out."