Marine Le Pen says she will hold a referendum on immigration if she wins the French presidential race in 2022
Marine Le Pen says she will hold a referendum on immigration if she wins the French presidential race
- The 52-year-old French far-right leader promises to give the French population a voice over the country’s immigration policy
- Government data shows that immigration has fallen sharply over the past year, despite Le Pen’s concerns
- Current leadership is wary of Le Pen victory in polls saying there is ‘to fight’
French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has vowed to hold a national referendum on immigration as her first presidential act if she wins the 2022 presidential race.
I spoke to the national radio station France Inter, the leader of Rassemblement National (RN) – National Rally – said her “first decision would be to organize a referendum on immigration.”
“It has been decades since the various governments made decisions about immigration, when the French people once listened to or questioned this topic,” she said.
The head of the far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) Marine Le Pen, 52, vowed to make a national referendum on immigration her first act as French president if she wins next year’s presidential election.
Le Pen outlined her top three priorities as the potential French president, adding that her second main concern would be the defense of France’s national borders and sovereignty within the European Commission.
“ Second, I would go to the European Commission to explain to them what I think is non-negotiable in terms of national sovereignty and in particular the control of our borders, because I see border control as a matter of national sovereignty, ” said they. .
Her third act would be sweeping reforms to the French tax system, as she claims the country’s middle class is under ‘unsustainable pressure’.
Le Pen has previously spoken out about her support for a referendum on immigration. In 2019, she accused current president Emmanuel Macron of not acting since taking office in 2017.
In recent weeks, Le Pen has emerged as a strong contender in the French presidential race, with elections expected to be held in April 2022.
The upcoming presidential election is expected to be a repeat of the run-off between Le Pen and Macron in 2017, in which the latter came out as the winner with 66% of the vote.
Polls expect a repeat of 2017 presidential run-off between Macron and Le Pen, with many predicting Le Pen will perform strongly
But even those currently in power are wary that Le Pen could take the top job in the country next year. Last month, Bruno Le Maire, France’s finance minister, warned that a Le Pen victory is a “possibility” that must be “fought”.
In addition, a leaked Harris Interactive poll found that the right-wing candidate could get up to 48% of the vote in another duel with the incumbent party.
Despite her concerns about immigration data from the French Ministry of the Interior published in January showed a sharp decline in immigration in 2020.
In the past year, France issued 712,311 visas compared to 3,534,999 the previous year, representing a decrease of 79.8%.
It is also calculated that the number of undocumented immigrants in the country decreased by 47.8% in 2020.
Bruno Le Maire, France’s finance minister, has warned that Marine Le Pen’s victory in next year’s presidential election is a “political possibility” that must be “fought”.
In addition, the Interior Ministry data also revealed that economic immigration had fallen by 20.5% between 2019 and 2020.
Asylum applications and refugee status have also fallen sharply in the past year, by 38.2% and 33.5% respectively.
The sharp decline is believed to be largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The number of people who acquired French citizenship last year has also dropped by 20% as the system commonly used to process said requests was shut down during the country’s first lockdown.
One of the demands of the Gilet Jaunes (yellow vests) movement that took over France for much of 2019 was the implementation of regular citizen-initiated referendums.