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Sarkozy says there are too many foreigners in France

8 Mar 2012 0:54

Islam Times - In his latest outburst, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said there are too many foreigners in his country and the system for integrating them has failed...

Islam Times: The comments were made during a TV debate where Sarkozy was trying to defend his plans to cut the number of new arrivals in half if he is re-elected.

“Our system of integration is working more and more badly, because we have too many foreigners on our territory and we can no longer manage to find them accommodation, a job, a school,” Sarkozy said.

“Over the five year term I think that to restart the process of integration in good conditions, we must divide by two the number of people that we welcome, that's to say to pass from 180,000 per year to 100,000,” he added.

The French President also announced plans to limit some welfare benefit payments to immigrants who have been residing in France for at least 10 years and have worked for five of those.

Sarkozy is currently trailing in the opinion polls behind the Socialist candidate Francois Hollande.
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