French Illegal Immigrants Now Face Deportation
Bowing to opinion polls and public anger at a rash of violence in immigrant ghettos, France’s Socialist government has warned illegal immigrants they will now be forcibly deported.
The get-tough move by Prime Minister Edith Cresson, made public Monday, delighted her conservative opponents stunned some left-wing supporters.
For dismayed anti-racist groups close to the Socialists, the government’s announcement--which included a pledge to use special flights if necessary--conjured up images of government charter planes heading for the Third World crammed with dejected deportees under armed guard.
But the far-right National Front of Jean-Marie Le Pen claimed an “ideological victory,” saying that by forcing authorities to make immigration the main political issue, “the National Front has scored its first political triumph.”