UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy is generating harsh criticism for his proposal to create a "Minister of immigration and national identity", just a day after it was announced.
Socialist chief Francois Hollande attempted to paint the plan as nothing but a political game with the far-right National Front:
"(Sarkozy) is in a thorough flirt with the theses of the National Front...It is an acknowledgement of failure...it is not a question of any ministry: the words have a direction, immigration and national identity, I really fear that in this campaign, one had already sufficient signs, Nicolas Sarkozy is in a thorough flirt with the theses of the FN.
If it is a question of controlling migratory flows, the ministry for the Interior in its current form is enough there. If it integration, and it is a question of ensuring is needed, the Ministry of Labour responsible for the population is enough there."
UDF candidate Francois Bayrou, who may beat Sarkozy if allowed into the runoff, was also quick to attack:
"Since how long a political leader, in our country, did not say I will create a ministry for Immigration and national Identity: what one has a ministry why not? But to lock up in the same sentence immigration and national identity, I do not know what you see what that seeks to evoke. There is a crossed border."
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