Sarkozy says France has too many foreigners

Sarkozy says France has too many foreigners

President Nicolas Sarkozy declared that there are too many immigrants in France, as the country’s presidential election campaign became caught up in issues of religion and identity.

SARKOZY FRENCH FOREIGNERSDefending a re-election campaign promise to cut the number of new arrivals in half, Sarkozy bluntly declared that France’s attempts to integrate foreign arrivals into its culture and society had become paralysed.

“Our system of integration is working more and more badly, because we have too many foreigners on our territory and we can no longer manage to find them accommodation, a job, a school –  Sarkozy

Sarkozy has been accused of tacking to the right in the run up to the April 22 first round of the French presidential election in order to recruit voters tempted by anti-immigrant candidate Marine Le Pen’s platform.

But, in a television interview, he insisted that while immigration could remain “a boon” for France in many areas, it must be controlled more tightly through tougher residency qualifications for newcomers.

“Over the five-year term I think that to restart the process of integration in good conditions, we must divide by two the number of people we welcome, that’s to say to pass from 180 000 per year to 100 000,” he said.

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