A video showing immigrant pregnant mothers and babies being dragged along the ground by police sparked outrage across France today.
The footage, which shows officers trying to clear African squatters from a Paris housing estate, comes at the worst possible time for President Nicolas Sarkozy who is trying to rid the country of thousands of unwanted immigrants, including gypsies and foreign criminals.
Mr Sarkozy has always been a firm believer in tough policing and, significantly, has remained silent about the video which was taken on July 21......
Last week Mr Sarkozy vowed to strip immigrants of their passports if they attack police or public officials.
'Nationality should be stripped from anyone of foreign origin who deliberately endangers the life of a police officer, a soldier or a gendarme or anyone else holding public authority,' Mr Sarkozy said.
He also sanctioned the tearing down of illegal gypsy camps and promised a review of all welfare payments to migrants.
Linking recent rioting to immigration, Mr Sarkozy said: 'We are suffering the consequences of 50 years of insufficiently regulated immigration which has led to a failure of integration.'
......A spokesman for Seine-Saint-Denis police said no police brutality took place during the break up of an illegal demonstration.