Nicolas Sarkozy Says France Has Too Many Foreigners

BBC News, March 7, 2012

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said there are too many foreigners in France and the system for integrating them is “working worse and worse”.

In a TV debate, Mr Sarkozy defended his plan to almost halve the number of new arrivals if re-elected next month.

Mr Sarkozy is trailing in the opinion polls behind the Socialist candidate Francois Hollande.

He is also competing for conservative voters with the far-right National Front party led by Marine le Pen.

The president said while immigration could be a boon for France, it needed to be controlled more tightly through tougher qualification rules for residency.

Mr Sarkozy, whose father was a Hungarian immigrant, also said he wanted to restrict some benefit payments to immigrants who had been in the country for 10 years.

Tough new rules

He has often made controversial comments on race and immigration issues, sharply dividing opinion in France.

In 2005, just before the Paris riots, he described young delinquents in the Paris suburbs as “racaille”, meaning rabble.

He has said that if re-elected, he will reduce the number of immigrants to France from 180,000 a year to 100,000 and introduce tighter controls on access to welfare benefits.

As president, Mr Sarkozy has already pushed through tough new immigration rules, including the controversial deportation of Roma gypsies.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Francois Fillon caused dismay among Muslim and Jewish groups by suggesting the religious slaughter of animals was out of date.

The controversy started when a TV documentary said last month that all the abattoirs in Paris region only produced halal meat.

So far the election campaign seems to have made relatively little impact on voters.

The latest opinion poll published on Tuesday by CSA showed the Socialist leader Francois Hollande widening his lead over President Sarkozy for the 22 April vote.

It also suggested that the Socialist leader would win decisively by 54% to 46% in a second round of voting on 6 May.

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  • Jackryanvb

    Neo Cons are always pushing a “tough on crime, tough on NW immigration” con job come election time.

    After elections are over, they switch back to libertarian, race denying fantasies about creating a common market uniting both sides of the Mediterranean Sea, welcoming 80 million Algerian Arabs to come to France. Any of us who object are NAZIs

  • IstvanIN

    Perhaps the French should elect a French, Christian President?  Or find a strong Catholic Borbon King who will save the nation?  Or at least find a leader who is truly French.

    • blight14

       My sentiments exactly……’Sarkozy’ is about as French as I am…….

  • JackKrak

    I like to make fun of France as much as anyone & it’s obvious that he’s saying this because of the elections but I must admit this – you will never hear an American politician say “there are too many foreigners in this country” no matter what.

    France 1, America 0

    • White Death

      “…he’s saying this because of the elections”

      He’s got more guts than Romney, et al.

  • KenelmDigby

    Sarkozy is only making these utterances because he is terrified of losing his position as president and feels bound to try to ‘capture’ the votes that would otherwise go to Marine Le Pen.
     Make no bones about it, otherwise he would never, ever deign to make such remarks – there’s is nothing he’d like more than to pose, preen and strut as the archetypal globalist ‘liberal’, but the fear of losing his job is stronger than liberal posturing – what does that say about the man’s character?
     Rest assured if re-elected he will do absolutely nothing whatsoever to restrict or curtail third world immigration – the stinky globalist liberal sentiments will come back to the fore.
    I just hope that the French electorate have the wisdom to see this.

  • MikeofAges

     A friend of mine, a Vietnam veteran, visited France with his older brother and mother about 15 years ago. When he came back he said he was “glad he got to see it while it was still there.”

    Did anyone see Woody Allen’s recent film, “Midnight in Paris”. Not that Allen knows it, mind you, but it is midnight in Paris. If nothing else, the Paris you can walk around in all night long will soon be gone. If it isn’t gone already. Same for the rest of Europe. Get your tickets and go see Europe, while it is still there.

  • jeffaral

    Sarko is nothing more than a gangster and accomplished liar.