Le Pen daughter demands Parisends 'priority' for foreigners

13th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 13 (AFP) - Marine Le Pen, the daughter of French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, called Friday for Paris authorities to end what she said was a "preference for foreigners" in providing subsidised housing and other aid.

PARIS, Feb 13 (AFP) - Marine Le Pen, the daughter of French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, called Friday for Paris authorities to end what she said was a "preference for foreigners" in providing subsidised housing and other aid.

In a manifesto setting out her position ahead of regional elections on March 21 and 28 in which she is a candidate for the greater Paris area, the younger Le Pen said she would embark on "getting rid of aspects of preference for foreigners in the city's policies" if elected.

Such a change would save EUR 58 million (USD 74 million) from the public housing budget, she claimed.

She added that she would also start regional education centres for immigrants "who want to assimilate themselves" into the French culture.

Jean-Marie Le Pen's extreme right National Front party, of which Marine Le Pen is vice-president, has often been accused of being xenophobic, particularly against the big North African community living in France.

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