Nicolas Sarkozy entered the political fray ahead of European elections today, describing current EU immigration policies as “an abject failure” and calling for the bloc’s visa-free Schengen area to be rewritten.

Angling for re-election in 2017, the former centre-Right French president called for the creation of a Franco-German economic bloc at the heart of the eurozone, in an opinion piece in Le Point magazine .

With the far-Right Front National polled to pip Mr Sarkozy’s crisis-wracked UMP to the post in Sunday’s EU elections in France, the ex-president said: “Schengen I must be immediately suspended and be replaced by a Schengen II of which member countries can only be a part if they previously agree to the same immigration policy.”

Europe migration policy has failed and the need to replace Schengen I has become obvious, he added, as the current system allows immigrants who enter it to “choose the (European) country with the most generous welfare system”.

“Europe is not meant to organise social and migratory dumping, almost systematically at the expense of France,” he warned.

Designed to foster the free movement of people and goods, the Schengen area comprises 26 European countries that have abolished passport or any other type of border control in-between their common borders.

Non-EU countries like Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are part of the area, but EU members Britain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania are not.

Without mentioning by name his Socialist French presidential successor, François Hollande, Mr Sarkozy nevertheless decried an “absence of leadership (that) is placing Europe in danger, as it is without vision, direction or priorities”.

He also called for half of the competences of Brussels to be returned to national governments. The European Commission, meanwhile, should be stripped of all legislative powers–the sole preserve of the EU parliament.

However, he warned against the rise of populist anti-EU sentiment, saying the bloc protects its citizens from the “ideological veering off course of governments and majority parties.

“If the European Union broke up, centuries-old hatred and conflicts of interest would resurface more violently.”

“We must correct its excesses but as a project it must be preserved.”

A “large, coherent and stable” Franco-German economic bloc at the heart of the eurozone would allow France “to better defend (its) interests in the face of German competition by doing away with fiscal and social disadvantages”, he added.

This “would allow us to take over the leadership of the 18 countries that make up our monetary union”, and to focus on a list of core priorities, including industry, agriculture, trade negotiations, energy and research.

Mr Sarkozy made no mention of the EU elections in France, in which an Ipsos poll out Wednesday suggested Marine Le Pen’s FN will come first with 23.5 per cent of the vote, just one point ahead of Mr Sarkozy’s UMP–in the midst of a corruption scandal involving its current leader, Jean-François Copé.

The Socialists are polled to trail in third place, on 17 per cent.

Reacting to the tribune, Miss Le Pen slammed the tribune as “the comedy of repetition”.

“Mr Sarkozy lies all the time. He never respects the commitments he regularly makes before the French.”

Harlem Désir, the Socialist Europe minister, said Mr Sarkozy’s text “paints a severe portrait of ten years of Right-wing politics in Europe and of his own policies.”

“Who allowed debt to pile up if not him?”

But Brice Hortefeux, a Sarkozy loyalist, said his non-partisan approach “reconciles Eurosceptics with those who are for European construction”.

Sylvie Goulard, French centrist Euro MP, said that “Sarkozy is demolishing the existing Europe while saying he loves it”.

“To lay into the Schengen accords just three days before the vote is to pay lipservice to the idea there is a foreign threat. It’s a clear bid to swipe the FN vote but could end up inciting people to vote for the most radical candidates”.

She also warned that his suggestion that France and Germany could take the leadership of the eurozone would go down badly in Berlin. “Why would the Germans, who are at the heart of the 28 EU countries and have managed to optimise their gains from the euro, buy this step backwards?,” she asked.

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  • Monmouth78

    Sarkozy is a neocon fraud liar.

    • Sick of it

      Sarkozy is also not a French name.

  • Oh please don’t let this knave and this phony co-opt the FN’s voters and agenda yet again.

    • NeanderthalDNA

      The FN is “far-right” don’t you know?

      “However, he warned against the rise of populist anti-EU sentiment, saying the bloc protects its citizens from the “ideological veering off course of governments and majority parties.”

      So…no “far right” parties, eh, Mr. Sarkozy?

      • GeneticsareDestiny

        So it protects citizens from ideologically veering off the course of…what, exactly? Massive third world immigration, anti-white racism and discrimination, the destruction of France as a nation, and the destruction of the French as a people?

        That doesn’t sound like any path most French people would like to be on, and judging from how well the National Front is doing in the polls, they agree with me.

  • Oil Can Harry

    Once again Monsieur Sarkozy talks tough on immigration… when he’s out of office.

  • dd121

    I joke about France, but I really don’t want to see it destroyed.

    • Pro_Whitey

      America has invested a couple of hundred thousand lives to allow France to be free and independent, but they just keep screwing themselves up. Maybe we can excuse WWI, but whey did they declare war on Germany, when they could have gone to ground? All indications are that Hitler did not want to attack west, but the French and British made him do so. And now they have invited in and subsidized the existence of a bunch of people who have the potential to make the Nazis look like Quakers. It’s like America is co-dependent.

  • Ed

    The French are actually more to the right in some matters than the Brits. The French are fiercely protective of their culture, they view it as paramount in Europe and don’t want to see it undermined by immigrants, the English or the Germans.

    They’ll accept non-French people only on the condition that they recognize the primacy of French culture. Multiculturalism is a non-starter with them. I’m not even sure if it was ever an official policy like it was in the UK.

  • WR_the_realist

    It’s all so predictable. The respectable “conservative” politicians get all serious about enforcing immigration law and reducing immigration just before an election when a serious anti-immigration party or politician is threatening to win. If the “mainstream” candidates win they promptly forget all their promises on immigration.

    I remember in his last senate primary run John McCain was running against an anti-illegal immigration candidate. So he put out an ad of himself at the border saying, “Lets build that fence!” and pretended that he really wanted to enforce immigration law. Apparently Arizona Republicans are gullible souls because they voted for him again. And no one should be the slightest bit surprised that John McCain then went on to be one of the biggest backers of that traitorous amnesty bill.

  • Brady

    Let’s suppose he is serious. There is no reason, then, for the UMP not to agree to an electoral alliance with the FN next time around – and if the trends in hte latest polls continue, the FN may be the senior partner.

  • Kit Ingoldby

    Don’t try to elect the right people.

    Instead, force the wrong people to do the right things.

    That pretty much sums up Sarko, a wrong man, having to espouse the right policies. A sign of progress.

  • Extropico

    Sarkozy ordered the French people to miscegenate with African invaders or face mandatory government coercive measures to enforce the goal of White genocide.

  • “Mr. Sarkozy lies all the time.”
    Real truth from Miss Le Pen. I hope FN scores a giant victory in the elections, along with the other far right groups. This could be the start of something really big.

  • Ahnenerbe ᛟ

    Gaddafi says; F*ck you Sarkozy!!!

  • MBlanc46

    Ah, Nick, it’s a bit late in the day to be discovering this.

  • Korean guy

    A Norwegian woman told me that because of the “Dublin II”, Greece is becoming the “dumping ground” of many refugees for Western Europe and Nordic countries. For example, if a refugee enters France through Greece, and a while later France decides to expel the refugee, the refugee must be sent back to Greece, which is the last country that the person was in before entering the hosting country.

    • IstvanIN

      These people all have a place called home. And it isn’t Greece.

  • IstvanIN

    Sarkozy isn’t French, he isn’t Hungarian, he isn’t European, he isn’t to be trusted.

    • Laura Dilworth

      what is he?

  • M.

    I hope the French don’t fall for his bull and remember that immigration was at its highest point under his presidency. Go for the real thing, French people! Go for the National Front!