French President Emmanuel Macron was captured on tape during an exchange with a Moroccan woman whose visa had expired, in which he told her to “go back to her country.”
The woman said her parents lived in France and that she wanted to remain in the country, despite being out of status. Macron disregarded the woman’s argument and asked her to leave France.
“If you are not in danger, you should go back to your country,” Macron said. “You are not in danger in Morocco. I cannot give French papers to everyone who doesn’t have them. How would I deal with the people who are already here and can’t find a job?”
French President Emmanuel Macron told this Moroccan Asylum Seeker to “go back to Morocco” pic.twitter.com/uVwT3Nng0V
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Macron has announced a number of immigration measures since taking office in May.
An undocumented Tunisian man who stabbed two women to death in the city of Marseille in October 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 has also promised to clear the streets of migrants. 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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