French riots show ‘failure of Western European integration,’ claims Hungarian foreign minister

FILE - Youths clash with Police forces in Nanterre, outside Paris, Thursday, June 29, 2023. After six years in power, French President Emmanuel Macron appears further weakened by days of rioting over the death of a teen killed by police that come on top of a series of other challenges at home, leading domestic politics to impede his influence abroad. Macron was forced to delay his state visit to Germany meant to show the strength of the friendship between both nations after recent disputes over on issues including energy, defense and the economy. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
By Thomas Brooke
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The mass riots enveloping France evidence the total failure by Western nations to integrate new arrivals welcomed through years of mass immigration, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has claimed.

Speaking in the Hungarian parliament on Tuesday, the foreign minister said the unsavory scenes witnessed across France following the killing of a 17-year-old boy of Algerian descent last week have shown social integration on a mass scale to be unworkable.

“It is impossible to integrate large numbers of illegal immigrants from other cultures,” Szijjártó told colleagues in the chamber.

He added that the latest riots to rock France have vindicated those European countries, including Hungary, which advocate a stricter immigration policy.

“Maybe there are or were still people in Europe who lived with the vain illusion that Western European social integration efforts can be brought to success. Well, if they’ve turned on the television in the past few days and watched the news from France, I think that fantasy quickly turned to disillusionment,” he said.

The Hungarian minister warned that “parallel societies” have developed in many Western European nations following decades of successive governments implementing liberal migration policies, but claimed that “no tragedy is enough to make them come to their senses in Brussels,” citing the controversial EU Pact on Migration and Asylum currently being proposed in the de facto EU capital.

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“The European bureaucracy has been trying to enforce the migration quota again, like a coup,” Szijjártó said, accusing the European Commission of simply not being able to accept “that the Hungarian people exercised their sovereign right and made a decision regarding the future of Hungary that is contrary to the expectations of the liberal mainstream in Brussels.”

The mass rioting across France has already caused upwards of €1 billion in damage, with hundreds of businesses looted across major French cities, vehicles torched, and some residential apartments burned to the ground. Such an estimate only factors in the immediate financial damage and does not factor in the impact the civil unrest will inevitably have on the country’s reputation and tourism industry.

A large police presence continues to be deployed across several cities and over 3,000 vandals have been arrested in the space of a week.

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