French Top Cop’s Immigration Comments Spark Outrage

Anne-Diandra Louarn, France 24, August 20, 2013

France’s outspoken Interior Minister Manuel Valls is once again at the centre of controversy after calling the country’s immigration policy and its relationship to Islam into question.

Interior Minister Manuel Valls has sowed discord at the heart of the Socialist-led French government after making controversial comments about the country’s immigration policy and its large Muslim population.

During a closed-door ministerial meeting on Monday, Valls, who is in charge of French police, suggested that in ten years France’s immigration system would need fundamental reforms to tackle the influx of foreigners, especially from Africa.

In particular, he questioned whether the country would be able to maintain its policy of regrouping family members of immigrants who obtain legal residency.

Later in the meeting, he was quoted as saying it would be up to France to prove that Islam was compatible with democracy.

The comments were leaked to dailies Libération and Le Parisien by other ministers who, while wishing to remain anonymous, admitted feeling “outraged” by what they had heard.

Following the leaks, Valls and other members of the cabinet were forced to react publicly on Tuesday.

Sounding annoyed that his comments had been leaked to the press, Valls told French RMC radio that it was necessary to “rebuild a relationship with Africa, in particular over the issue of immigration.”

But Social Affairs Minister Marisol Touraine disagreed on France 2 television.

“We must remember that we are working within a legal framework that must be upheld,” she said. “In my view, calling family reunification into question does not help that framework.”

Separately, Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici defended Valls over his comments on Islam, saying they were misrepresented.

“Some are saying that [Valls] was questioning if Islam was compatible with our democracy. The opposite is true. He was saying, ‘We will show the world that Islam is compatible with our democracy’.”

Adding fuel to the fire

Whether or not Valls’s words were taken out of context, they have reinforced his image as a Socialist with a right-wing bent.

Some have even nicknamed him “the Nicolas Sarkozy of the left” in reference to the tough-on-immigration former president.

Last weekend, hard left-wing leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon claimed Valls had been “contaminated” by far-right, anti-immigration leader Marine Le Pen, in reference to the minister’s pronouncement that the government should debate banning Muslim veils in universities.

However, the recurring controversial statements appear to be working in Valls’s favour.

“His popularity has grown over the summer because the subjects he has focused on are widely popular among French people,” Jérôme Fourquet, the director of public opinion studies at French pollster Ifop, told FRANCE 24.

With an approval rating hovering over 60%, Valls, who was born in Spain and became a French citizen at age 20, is currently the most popular French minister, according to a recent Ifop study.

The number of immigrants in France has remained relatively stable over the past ten years. Immigrants represented 5.6% of the population in 2003 and 5.8% in 2010, the last year for which figures are available, according to the Insee national demographics institution.

France is also home to the largest Muslim population in Europe, estimated at close to five million people, or 8% of the total population.

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  • As I have said many times (how many now?), those “wishing to remain anonymous” need to have their safety net removed.

    • Spartacus

      “The alleged Fontenay-sous-Bois attacks took place between 1999 and 2001.
      Nina, now 29, told the newspaper Libération she had moved to the
      housing estate aged seven with her mother and brother after a divorce.
      She was described as good at school and a tomboy. One night returning
      from the cinema, aged 16 and a virgin, she said, she was grabbed by a
      local group of youths, taken to basement cellars in the flats, raped and
      subjected to a series of brutal sex attacks by scores of local boys.
      The extremely violent, prolonged attacks by large groups of boys
      continued daily, in car parks, stairwells, apartments, cellars and the
      empty playground of a local nursery school. She said there would be “at
      least 25” youths present during attacks in which she screamed,
      protested, cried and vomited. One witness described 50 boys “queuing” to
      attack her. ”


      Notice it says nothing about their race or ethnicity, but it’s not really hard to figure out… France is the Detroit of Europe, and if there’s any nation here that’s gonna get wiped out, it’s probably gonna be the French .

      Link :


      • Sick of it

        Oh well, they didn’t learn from Haiti so maybe they can be an example to the rest of Europe.

      • Brian

        I’m not so sure. The French are very blood-and-soil. Let their backs get up against the wall a bit more, and we’ll see. Hopefully they will do what needs to be done.

        • Erasmus

          Okay, we’ve seen the soil. Now can we see some blood?

        • Spartacus

          I wish that were true, but it doesn’t appear that’s likely . The far-left is very powerful there, the dark-skins are in huge numbers and the average french man is a coward . Not to mention one of the largest jewish populations in the world…

          • Brian

            I hope that Generation Identitaire will attract a critical mass. To see France, a leading light of Western Civ, go down would break my heart. My fingers are crossed that the young generation, enough of them, will wake up and act…by any means necessary. The Bastille has been stormed before…the time is coming once again.

            Aux armes citoyens
            Formez vos bataillons
            Marchons, marchons
            Qu’un sang impur
            Abreuve nos sillons

            (Grab your weapons, citizens!
            Form your batallions!
            Let us march! Let us march!
            May impure blood
            Water our fields!)

  • Spartacus

    “The Africanization of France: One in three newborns of non-European origin” :


    BTW, there’s an edit in the article that shows the real number might be near 40%…

    • Ngati Pakeha

      Your full of good news Spartacus. The more I dig the more depressive things are. I go to a hyperlink and the the chain reaction starts: France has a Muslim & Afro problem, the UK a Paki problem, the US a Mexican/Ground problem etc etc etc

      • Spartacus

        Don’t forget the gypsies in eastern Europe, and the muslims in Russia . That cheer you up even more ?

        • Ngati Pakeha

          At least they do something about it in that part of the world; or has the liberal love thy neighbor disease spread east?

          • Spartacus

            The attitudes are ok, but there’s no government policy about it. During communism, most regimes here in Europe understood the racial threat, and did something about it. In most communist countries gypsies were sterilized by force after their first child, and they could get abortions on demand, even in the 9th month . Nothing like that still happens now, except for some parts of the Czech republic and Ukraine .

          • jeffaral

            If gypsies were sterilized during Communism then bring back communism please!

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Whether or not Valls’s words were taken out of context, they have reinforced his image as a Socialist with a right-wing bent.
    Yep, it’s coming. Good.

  • IstvanIN

    France is done.

    • Xerxes22

      That is what the Moors said about France thirteen hundred years ago. Charles Martell changed all that. I think that France will soon have another Charles Martell or a Joan of Arc.

  • Whirlwinder

    Islam is totally incompatible with the christian values of western civilization and, in fact is in France to dominate and conquer the land. Of course, the liberal elite think this is wonderful and are playing along, selling out their people and their culture. What the liberal elite do not understand is that Islam will gladly accept their help but in the end they will be slaughtered just as the unwashed massed will have been slaughtered. This has been and is Islam’s modus operandi for many hundreds of years now.

  • WR_the_realist

    There is no religion more opposed to left wing progressive social beliefs than Islam. But the left sticks up for Islam even as it derides Christianity. You can’t make this stuff up.

    • Erasmus

      That’s because the left hates Christianity more than it fears Islam. Extirpating their countries’ leftists may be a step necessary for most western nations before their people can mount a vigorous defense of their homelands.

  • Viking_61

    Must be nice to be allowed to be outraged about something. The left is always allowed to be outraged.

    I LIKE that word “outrage”.

  • KenelmDigby

    Apparently, third world immigration to France was officially ‘stopped’ way back in 1974.
    Not that you’ll know it.

  • Erasmus

    France’s outspoken Interior Minister Manuel Valls is once again at the centre of controversy after calling the country’s immigration policy and its relationship to Islam into question.

    And this time don’t back down from any “controversy” that may arise. Stand your ground. Real Frenchmen will agree with you, and they will respect you for standing by what you believe.

  • jeffaral

    About 80% of the population of Paris is non-White. I think France is lost.

    • Brian

      There is more to France than Paris. The rural folk will have to enlist.

  • je suis paganisme

    From what I have read, most Muslims are OK with paintings, but not with statues.
    A plan must be devised to get all those statues out of the Parisian art museums before the Muslims destroy them. And Rodin—all those statues on his estate—I makes me ill to think of some fanatics destroying them.
    But I am not giving up on the French. They do not think in straight lines, like most of us do. I think we might be surprised.

  • bubo

    Europe will be at war with the outsiders in 10 years.

  • Spartacus

    Kill that filthy s***-skin !