Sarkozy Tapping Anti-Immigrant Sentiments: Closing France’s Borders

“Sarkozy threatens to close France’s Borders” from Al Jazeera:

Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, threatened in a key election rally to pull France out of Europe’s 25-nation visa free zone unless the EU does more to keep out clandestine immigrants.Sarkozy, who this week said France had too many foreigners, made the threat at a mass meeting which he hopes will turn the tide against front-running Francois Hollande, the Socialist Party’s presidential candidate, with just 42 days to go before election day.

The so-called Schengen passport-free zone must urgently be overhauled to fight the flow of illegal immigration, the right-wing leader said, returning to a constant theme in his bid for five more years at the Elysee palace…

‘Suspending’ border crossings

The Schengen area is home to 400 million Europeans who can cross borders without a passport.

Once inside the area, illegal immigrants can theoretically move freely between the participating states. Sarkozy accuses some EU states of having lax border controls that let in clandestine migrants that may later turn up in France.

Sarkozy’s UMP party chartered TGV high-speed trains and fleets of buses to ferry supporters from across France for the rally in a cavernous exhibition hall in Villepinte, near Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.

Sarkozy told them he also wanted the EU to introduce a “Buy European Act” based on a US measure that obliges the state to use domestically-produced products in public contracts…

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