French election: Le Pen pledges to suspend immigration

French election: Le Pen pledges to suspend immigration

BBC:-One of the frontrunners in the French presidential election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen, says she would suspend all legal immigration to France.

The National Front (FN) leader told a rally that she wanted to stop “a mad, uncontrolled situation”.

Polls suggest she is neck and neck with centrist Emmanuel Macron, ahead of Sunday’s first round of voting.

Mr Macron warned voters that choosing far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon would be like Cuba without the sun.

Opinion polls predict that Mr Macron and Ms Le Pen will reach the second round on 7 May. But it looks like a very tight race.

According to an Elabe poll for news channel BFMTV, Mr Macron is on course to get 24% of the vote in the first round, Marine Le Pen 23%, conservative Francois Fillon 19.5% and Mr Mélenchon 18%.

Polls suggest that Mr Macron would be favourite to win in the run-off.

At a rally in Paris, Ms Le Pen said “I would decide on a moratorium on all legal immigration to stop this frenzy, this uncontrolled situation that is dragging us down”.

After that, she said, France would introduce “much more drastic, more reasonable, more humane, more manageable rules” on immigration.

Left-wing daily Liberation called it “one of the most hardline speeches of her campaign”, aimed at satisfying grassroots supporters.

In all, 11 candidates are competing in the first round.

About a third of French voters are still undecided, opinion polls suggest, making it one of the most unpredictable elections in decades.

Mr Fillon has been regaining some ground, polls suggest, despite being embroiled in corruption allegations.

Mr Mélenchon chose a barge on a Paris canal to rally his supporters and was set to use a hologram of himself to appear at several events across the country at once on Tuesday.

Ms Le Pen said the choice for French voters was between her rivals’ “savage globalisation” and her patriotism.

Outside the venue, dozens of protesters, who had sought to disrupt her rally, clashed with police.

Meanwhile, Mr Macron addressed almost 20,000 supporters at the Bercy national indoor arena.

“We are going to turn the page on the last 20 years because our generation is ready for change,” he said.

On the issue of France’s role in the EU, he said: “We need Europe, so we will remake it. I will be the president of the awakening of our European ambitions.”

Mr Macron, a former investment banker running for his self-created En Marche (On the move) party, turned his fire on his opponents.

Ten of the 11 candidates wanted to take France back to a “fantasy of the past”. For some, in a clear reference to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, it would be “Cuba without the sun, or Venezuela without the oil”.

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4 Comments

  1. Calvin
    April 18, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Thank goodness that St. Lucia hasn’t adopted such a draconian policy and gladly accepts all migrants from the Middle East, north Africa, India and Pakistan and provides them here with the accommodation, food and doctors that they very much need and that we as a nation can quite easily afford.

    God bless.

    1. Johnny Wishbone
      April 18, 2017 at 8:24 pm Reply

      Johnny likes meeting new people sharing experiences.

      I always got something to share.

  2. Guy
    April 18, 2017 at 1:16 pm Reply

    you accept mostly dirty money.
    Your Island is a laundry machine!!!
    Nothing is for free here, especially the nationality.
    So, stop giving advices and start to look at yourself first!!!

    1. Mamhazadi Al Bazati
      April 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm Reply

      Your country very good to us. A thousand blessings to you. I get here by fish boat from Lagos thru Caracas with my pregnent wife and 4 kids. My brothers in faith take us in and feed us give us shelter and I get good 10 hour a day job in their family import and export business. The boat will bring my two brothers and all families next month. I am happy. They will get the glorious free medical work here that is too expensive for us in our home country. I make sure I pray for you on Friday.

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