Macron sig­nals tougher line on im­mi­gra­tion

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

PARIS (AFP) — With an eye on re-elec­tion, France’s Em­manuel Macron has sig­naled a tougher line on im­mi­gra­tion, ar­gu­ing that the govern­ment must end its “lax” ap­proach to pre­vent vot­ers from drift­ing to the far right.

Set­ting out his pri­or­i­ties for the sec­ond half of his man­date on Mon­day evening, Macron said that his cen­trist Repub­lic on the Move (LREM) party risked be­ing seen as “bour­geois” un­less it tack­led the is­sue of im­mi­gra­tion.

“By claim­ing to be hu­man­ist we are some­times too lax,” he told a meet­ing of his min­is­ters and rul­ing party rep­re­sen­ta­tives, claim­ing that France’s asy­lum laws were be­ing “mis­used” by peo­ple-smuggling net­works and “peo­ple who ma­nip­u­late” the sys­tem.

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