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MACRON CRISIS: Desperate leader considers migrant quota as Yellow Vest protest rage on

January 15, 2019 3:58 PM
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MACRON CRISIS: Desperate leader considers migrant quota as Yellow Vest protest rage on

FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron has been branded “irresponsible” for suggesting the introduction of “annual quotas” on migration as a topic for part of the three-month national debate aimed at mollifying yellow vest protesters.

But the possible imposition of quotas floated by Mr Macron has sparked outrage – and confusion – as curbing immigration is not one of the core demands of the yellow vests, which include a higher minimum wage, a more participative democracy and Mr Macron’s resignation.

The French activist group SOS Racisme denounced Mr Macron’s “serious and irresponsible” comments, while Pierre Henry, the head of the France Terre d’asile charity, said he was concerned to see that the immigration question had been thrown into the national discussion, a move he said risked to “hystericise” the debate.

Migration expert François Gemenne told France’s Le Monde daily that dragging immigration into the debate would turn migrants into bogeymen and divert voters’ attention away from the root causes of the social unrest.

Source: express.co.uk

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