Simone Veil, a respected French politician and Holocaust survivor, made headlines several weeks ago by publicly endorsing UMP candidate Nicolas Sarkozy for the presidency. She is still doing so, but Veil has come out against Sarkozy's idea of a ministry of immigration and national identity.
For me, it is more than one imprudence. It is more serious. I did not understand. Initially, I find that the formula that he employed is very ambiguous. One does not know very well what that wants to say....Immigration and integration that would suit me much better."
Sarkozy's plan is also receiving only lukewarm support from current Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin, who declared today that he is not in complete agreement with Sarkozy on the matter, and would prefer an agency of "immigration" that would work between several already existing ministries.
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