Sarkozy defends immigration laws

2012-03-26 14:01
Paris - French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the far-right's use of the recent killing spree to call for tougher immigration laws doesn't make any sense since the perpetrator was French.

Mohamed Merah, who was shot by police after they closed in on him for the deaths of seven people in southwestern France, was of Algerian descent but born in France.

Sarkozy told France Info radio that immigration needs to be better managed but that to blame the killing spree on poor border control "makes no sense".

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has seized upon the religion of Merah and his distant ties to Algeria to rail against immigration.

Sarkozy said on Monday: "We can't equate Mohamed Merah, born in France, French, to the children of immigrants arriving by boat."

Read more on:    nicolas sarkozy  |  marine le pen  |  france  |  french attacks

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may feel the urge to merge, but it may be better to escape into a tranquil and quiet setting and connect with your personal...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.