Thousands march for amnesty for illegals

28th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 26, 2006 (AFP) - Several thousand people demonstrated in the French capital on Saturday, calling on the government to give official residency papers to all illegal immigrants living in France.

PARIS, Aug 26, 2006 (AFP) - Several thousand people demonstrated in the French capital on Saturday, calling on the government to give official residency papers to all illegal immigrants living in France.

Two to four thousand people joined the rallying call for official papers in front of the Saint Bernard church in northern Paris where an occupation by illegal immigrants led a highly publicised stand-off with police 10 years ago.

French authorities are currently examining applications from thousands of illegal immigrants as part of a plan to give residency papers to families with school-age children.

The government has introduced a much tougher line on immigration and Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has vowed to step up the pace of illegal immigrant deportations to 25,000 this year.

Parliament approved a new law in June which seeks to encourage more qualified workers to come to France and tightens entrance rules for other foreigners, in particular for immigrants' families.

It also scraps the automatic right to residency papers for illegal immigrants who have been 10 years in the country.

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