Thousands protest France's new immigration bill

15th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 13, 2006 (AFP) - Around 11,200 people according to police and 35,000 according to organisers demonstrated on Saturday in Paris against a new immigration bill presented by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarokozy.

PARIS, May 13, 2006 (AFP) - Around 11,200 people according to police and 35,000 according to organisers demonstrated on Saturday in Paris against a new immigration bill presented by Interior Minister Nicolas Sarokozy.

The bill promotes the idea of "selected immigration" and makes it harder for people without specific qualifications to obtain residence papers for France, and easier for the authorities to deport illegal immigrants.

Parliament is to vote on the proposed legislation on Wednesday.

Protesters, led by a number of prominent left-wing politicians, carried banners and wore stickers denouncing what they describe as "disposable immigration".

Yet a poll released on Tuesday suggested that a majority of French people back Sarkozy's bill.

Seventy-six percent of those questioned in the survey by the BVA firm, carried out for Le Figaro newspaper and LCI Television, said they approved of clauses such as a requirement that immigrants 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.

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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