On Monday night Segolene Royal herself harshly attacked the proposition of UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy to form a ministry of "immigration and national identity". Royal is struggling to prove herself a viable candidate in the first round as she consistently loses to Sarkozy in the second, and may finally see an issue to gain some traction.
"At the time when the right-wing candidate seeks to make fear and bound in an unbearable amalgam immigration and the threat on the national identity, I would like one moment to stop myself on this concept of national identity and of Nation.
The Republic does not require of anybody to forget from where he comes. It does not ask to disavow his origins, his roots, his attachments, his culture and his faith. It invites quite simply - and it is considerable each one to exceed them. Yes, each one can love his Brittany or his native Algeria and fully be a French citizen. (...)
To new come, I say: 'take part in our company, respect its rights and we will guarantee the equality of your rights and your chances'. France of tomorrow will undoubtedly be more varied, but always faithful to its origins, generous, imaginative, courageous, solid and open to the world."
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