French back tough immigration changes: survey

10th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 9, 2006 (AFP) - A majority of the French back tough immigration changes set out in a bill presented by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, according to a poll released Tuesday.

PARIS, May 9, 2006 (AFP) - A majority of the French back tough immigration changes set out in a bill presented by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy, according to a poll released Tuesday.

Seventy-six percent of the people questioned in the survey by the BVA firm, carried out for Le Figaro newspaper and LCI Television, said Sarkozy was "justified" in calling for residency visas to be restricted to immigrants willing to learn French and take civics lessons.

Nearly as many -- 73 percent -- supported a demand in the bill that would allow only legal immigrants who could prove they were financially independent to bring in family members from abroad to join them.

The clear-cut support, garnered from a poll of 960 adults interviewed May 5-6, was almost the same across political boundaries.

Sixty percent of the respondents said they thought current immigration policy in France was not working properly, compared to 28 percent who thought it was, and 12 percent who did not give their opinion.

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