‘France doesn’t need another immigration law, but a moratorium on immigration,’ says French-Algerian author and former politician

By John Cody
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The French government’s immigration policy has been failing since the 1980s, and an immigration moratorium is needed, said Malika Sorel-Sutter, an author and academic with Algerian roots who previously served as a French politician, during an interview with Le Firgaro. She says that given the vast majority of the French population consistently supports a halt to immigration, the government’s open borders immigration policy is “surreal,” “unacceptable,” and “incomprehensible.”

“We don’t need laws on immigration, we need laws on non-migration, meaning how to suspend the influx of migrants. This means putting the idea of a moratorium on immigration in place, putting into practice what we experience. Every Frenchman can see that this (immigration) causes us a series of difficulties in every respect, meaning that among the migrants and their descendants, unemployment is twice as high as in the rest of the population,” she said during her interview.

Sorel-Sutter, who was born to Algerian parents and lived in Algeria for 15 years, was once a member of the French Integration Council. However, she points out that integration for the migrants who already live in the country has “failed miserably,” and used France’s increasingly segregated school system and the country’s soaring crime rate as two areas that illustrate how multiculturalism simply has not worked.

“We can also experience that integration has failed miserably, and we are reminded of that every day, including (through) what’s happening in schools. We can see that France is losing ground in the economy, has been losing ground for the past 40 years in parallel with the rise of immigration. And, as the latest talking point, President Emmanuel Macron says that half of the crimes are attributable to foreigners. He was speaking of (crime) in Paris.”

Sorel-Sutter is referring to Macron’s statement last month that half of crimes are committed by foreigners in Paris, which he said during an interview on the Europe 2 channel. However, in the same interview, he also refused to make any connection between immigration and crime, a seemingly contradictory statement widely mocked by his political rivals. New data also shows that foreigners are responsible for 70 percent of violent robberies, illustrating that a small segment of France’s population is responsible for a significant share of serious crimes. According to French essayist Laurent Obertone, two out of three crimes are committed by foreigners and French citizens with an immigrant background.

Sorel-Sutter slammed a new law being put forward on immigration, which Macron’s left-wing government is pushing. The government is aiming to pass the bill in 2023, which would create a residence permit for undocumented workers already on French soil and be used by big business and the trade industry to reduce the so-called labor shortage.

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“This bill must be denounced, fought, and rejected. France, given its state, does not need yet another immigration law, but a moratorium on immigration. I can prove it,” she wrote on her personal website after her interview with Le Figaro, which she also thanked: “Thank you to Figaro, which is one of the very few media that continues to give me the floor when so many others have applied themselves over the years to censoring me.”

Most French want immigration to end

During the interview with Le Figaro, Sorel-Sutter points out that the vast majority of French are against continued immigration, and describes the country’s approach to allowing more and more migrants in as “absolutely surreal.”

“So what does the government want? It is both incomprehensible and unacceptable. The majority of French are against immigration. We have northern European countries that take initiatives to respect what their population looks like, and we in France do the opposite… The approach to immigration is absolutely surreal. We have several million unemployed in the country. Why not attempt to put them back to work? (France) is legalizing the status of illegal immigrants, meaning that it is in fact rewarding those wrongdoers who have managed to stay on French territory illegally.”

Sorel-Sutter said that France’s inability to deport migrants, its generous social benefits, and the political classes’ support of mass immigration has left the country unable to enforce even the immigration laws it already has. This, in turn, encourages more migrants to journey to France.

“So, when you have behavior like this, you can’t make yourself respected. In order to be respected,
you have to show and demonstrate that you are capable of enforcing your own laws,” she said.

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She also said that it is very hard to obtain accurate data on the scale of immigration France is facing, pointing to her own experience at the Integration Council.

“I was at the Integration Council; you have to be very careful with the (immigration) figures because what I found at the time was that already the figures given to the public were wrong. The immigration figures were already significantly higher than from the Insee (National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies),” she said. She added that the data from 2017 “shows that 44 percent of the increase in population was from immigration.” She says this rapid growth in foreigners has fueled the cultural and societal problems the country is now facing.

As Remix News has previously reported, the demographic transformation in France has been extreme, with new data showing more than two-fifths of young children in France are immigrants or the children or grandchildren of immigrants. French academics, politicians, and policy experts have increasingly referred to the Great Replacement, which describes European populations being replaced with non-European populations throughout the West.

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The former politician also noted that there are tremendous costs allocated to migration and integrating new arrivals despite the country facing a massive economic burden.

“Nearly 10 million people on French territory are poor. How can we continue with the massive reception?” she asks.

Sorel-Sutter is a trained engineer and holds an MBA from the prestigious Sciences Po university. She has written a number of popular books, including “The Decomposition of France.”

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