While the government has announced the destruction of 600 illegal camps within 3 months, only 200 are for Romanian nationals. The others are occupied by French travelers, who have often ended up on illegal sites because they found the doors closed. If the vast groupings of caravans such as the one in Bordeaux are numerous enough to engage in an arm wrestling match with the city councils, the "travel tradition" of family camps can be summed up from far and wide as a succession of bitter exiles. With an administrative status of quasi "framed homeless", obtaining identity papers, schooling their children, registering in the trade register, voting, has become a sadly repetitive struggle... "They are treated as foreigners, without any right to vote. They are treated as foreigners, not to mention the carnet de circulation which obliges even children, from 16 years old, to clock in at the gendarmerie or the police every 3 months. This is a continuation of the dark days of anthropometric passports," says Father Jacques Neu, a "Rachaï", a gypsy chaplain for 40 years. On pilgrimage to Lourdes, he prays that the rise of amalgams and legal difficulties that stifle the exercise of the traditional professions of his flock will not sound the death knell of the time of travelers in France.