Illegal workers found at government official residence

15th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

VERSAILLES, France, June 15, 2007 (AFP) - French police have launched an inquiry into how two illegal African immigrants ended up working in an official residence used by President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration.

VERSAILLES, France, June 15, 2007 (AFP) - French police have launched an inquiry into how two illegal African immigrants ended up working in an official residence used by President Nicolas Sarkozy, who has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration.  

The pair from Mali were arrested this week while helping renovate La Lanterne residence in Versailles after it was discovered their residency papers were fake, the prosecutors' office said Friday, confirming a report in Le Parisien newspaper.

The firm that employed them appeared to have done so in good faith and would not be prosecuted, it said.

The two Malians were released from police custody on Thursday. They could be prosecuted for using fake papers and may face deportation, officials said.

La Lanterne is an official residence of the French prime minister, but Sarkozy has used it since taking office last month.

Sarkozy, who as interior minister doubled the annual number of deportations of illegal migrants to 25,000, has vowed his government will take a firm line towards France's estimated 200,000 to 400,000 illegals.

His new minister of immigration and national identity, who is charged with implementing Sarkozy's policy of "chosen immigration," has predicted there will be about 25,000 deportations again this year.

Alongside deportation, France also plans to expand a system of incentives for some immigrants to return home, providing 6,000 euros (8,000 dollars) to a family with two children if they agree to go back to their country of origin.


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