Casablanca - In reaction to incidents that took place in France following Algeria’s victory over Russia in the World Cup, French political party the National Front (FN) called for stopping immigration and banning the right to double nationality in France.
Casablanca – In reaction to incidents that took place in France following Algeria’s victory over Russia in the World Cup, French political party the National Front (FN) called for stopping immigration and banning the right to double nationality in France.
“We must put an end to double nationality…and stop immigration,” declared Marine Le Pen, president of the FN, on Sunday at a press conference.
Le Pen also stated that the security precautions undertaken by French police in preparation for the next match, Algeria vs. Germany, demonstrate “the total failure of [French] immigration policy, as well as the anti-assimilation attitude of a certain number of bi-nationals.”
More controversial, however, according to Huffington Post, was Marine Le Pen’s statements in 2009, while still a candidate for the FN presidency. Le Pen stated that bi-nationals from some countries in the Maghreb posed more difficulties in their assimilation than bi-nationals from countries such as the United States.
Marine Le Pen was recently more explicit, however. According to Le Figaro, Le Pen stated, “We must call a spade a spade: Algeria is the only country posing problems, either winning or losing,” thus declaring the 2014 World Cup event an exceptional case.
According to the same source, Le Pen, who rejects political correctness, firmly addressed those responsible for the recent acts of vandalism in France, whom she described as “those who hate France.” She asked them to “choose Algerian nationality” and to “live in Algeria, since [it] has earned its independence.”
According to Huffington Post, Marine Le Pen’s antagonistic stance on double nationality is reminiscent of the position her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, former president of the FN, expressed in his 2007 electoral campaign.
“The National Front radically opposes double nationality,” said Jean-Marie Le Pen, according to the same source. He also stated that he would ask Moroccan-French Rachida Dati, now mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Paris, “Are you Moroccan or French?”
“If she chooses the foreign nationality over the French one,” said Jean-Marie Le Pen, “then she would be a respected foreigner in France, but without the advantages that I think should be reserved to the French people.”
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