Macron Calls For ‘Severe Measures’ Against Illegal Immigrants

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Illegal immigrants that commit crimes should be expelled from France, President Emmanuel Macron said in a Sunday interview.

An undocumented Tunisian man that stabbed two women to death in the city of Marseille earlier this month had been arrested for shoplifting two days before the attack. His release revealed “serious faults” in the handling of undocumented migrants, according to France’s inspectorate general, and Macron wants to take “severe measures” to prevent it from happening again.

“We will take the most severe measures, we will do what we must do,” Macron said in a televised interview, according to AFP.

Macron recently vowed to clear the streets of migrants by the end of the year. Police have carried out dozens of mass evacuations since the migrant crisis broke out in the summer of 2015, but makeshift camps keep reappearing on the streets of Paris.

“For those who are persecuted, for freedom fighters … they must be welcomed on our territory,” Macron said during a speech in July, according t0 The Times. “Letting them wander from border to border, that is not what France is about. No country can take in all the economic migrants.”

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