Friday, March 9, 2007

Sarkozy attacked on immigration


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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6 comments:

peamak said...

Hi !

I think you made a little mistake by calling François "Hollande", François "Bayrou"...

Boz said...

Thanks, it's fixed. I guess that might have been a Freudian slip, considering Bayrou has about as many socialists votes as the socialists themselves!

Boz

peamak said...

Yes, that's must be that !! :-D

Go Bayrou !!! (and I'm far more from "the left" than "the right")

CheyennePress said...
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CheyennePress said...

I fail to see why this such a horrible move. Frankly, it's plainly evident that France's immigration system is broken and that reform is absolutely necessary. Plenty of other nations have a Department of Immigration or some variation thereof. There are merits to the idea of scrapping the current framework and reorganizing.

Boz said...

The controversy isn't, I believe, about the idea of a new ministry of immigration. Rather, it's the idea of linking the issues of immigration and national identity. That opens a pandora's box of questions: What kind of identity are you fostering, protecting, and from whom? Should there be some kind of immigrant indoctrination? It is easy to see how such a ministry could be abused for racist or xenophobic ends.

Boz