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2021.11.24. 08:44

France has lost control of immigration and a sense of impunity has prevailed in the country, according to French presidential candidate Michel Barnier, a former European Union chief negotiator for Brexit. The French politician, who is vying with a fifth for the presidency of the center-right Republican Party in the 2022 election, said France had “fallen sharply”. He says the leadership style of President Emmanuel Macron is too arrogant and has a single goal in mind, fueling division, MTI reported.

Barnier sees a moratorium on immigration should be imposed until European and French migration rules, which are currently precarious, are laid down. Politicians want to patrol some settlements where police have slipped out of control and are calling for a referendum to reintroduce compulsory military service. The moderate center-right politician has rejected the assumption that he wants to recapture conservative voters from the radical right-wing camp of Marine Le Pen and Éric Zemmour.

The Macron government has denied allegations of losing control of the number of foreigners arriving in France. However, according to the official statistical office, the number of immigrants has been increasing significantly since the early 2000s: in 2020, 272,000 immigrants arrived in France, compared to 259,000 in 2016, the last year of the Socialist François Hollande’s presidency.

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