Sarkozy law protesters occupy Paris theatre

5th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 4, 2006 (AFP) - Around 200 illegal immigrants were on Sunday removed from a Paris theatre they occupied in protest at proposed new immigration laws, the group's spokesperson said.

PARIS, June 4, 2006 (AFP) - Around 200 illegal immigrants were on Sunday removed from a Paris theatre they occupied in protest at proposed new immigration laws, the group's spokesperson said.

The protesters, who were also demanding an amnesty for illegal immigrants, invaded the theatre on Sunday afternoon and remained there until the evening when they were removed by police.

The occupation follows a similar action when around 50 immigrants briefly occupied the Paris Mosque in an attempt to gather the support of French Muslims in their fight against the proposed legislation.

The so-called Sarkozy Law, which is due to go before the French upper house next week after being approved in the lower house last month, is intended to tilt the system in favour of qualified foreign workers.

It has been sharply criticised by left-wing opposition, rights groups, the Catholic church and some African countries who say it risks creaming off the most talented people from countries where they are badly needed and making life harder for ordinary migrants.

Burkina Faso president Blaise Compaore also said on Sunday that an amnesty for illegal immigrants in France "could be useful".

The French government has so far rejected calls for such a move. It estimates there are between 200,000 and 400,000 illegals in France.

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Subject: French news

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