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Russia: Marine Le Pen on immigration policy before losing immunity in France01:35

Russia: Marine Le Pen on immigration policy before losing immunity in France

Russian Federation, Moscow
July 2, 2013 at 17:17 GMT +00:00 · Published

Russia: Marine Le Pen on immigration policy before losing immunity in France

The French leader of the far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, visited Moscow a few weeks ago and sat down with RT to discuss France's immigration policy. The European Parliament revoked immunity for the French nationalist leader and Member of European Parliament (MEP) on Tuesday, paving the way for her possible prosecution for comparing Muslim immigration to the Nazi occupation of France.

French prosecutors opened a case against the MEP in 2011 after she compared Muslims praying in the streets to the Nazi occupation of France. She was accused of inciting racial hatred when making the comparison in a speech in 2010 and a Lyon court requested for her immunity to be removed three years ago. However it was not until this year that a majority of parliamentarians voted to lift the immunity, allowing for an investigation to take place. Marine Le Pen may soon be facing race-hate charges.

In the interview, Marine Le Pen shared her thoughts on immigrants, I believe that nationality should be inherited or deserved so that we do not automatically become French just like that. That comes first. Second, I would implement a small immigration deterrent, because France grants a series of social debts that are detrimental to its own citizens. It means that today there are even illegal immigrants who benefit from larger social aid than some French citizens can obtain."

Marine Le Pen also commented on unemployed immigrants in France, "If they [immigrants] are here legally and they have a job, the there is no problem, well, there is no issue in particular. However, if they are unemployed, we will just tell them - look - we can no longer meet your needs, there are no job prospects here for you, and we have implemented the national priority policy. The national priority policy is meant to give priority to French nationals of the same skill; taxes, positions and obtaining housing in France. This is what I call a small deterrent. From the moment immigrants have no further interest in coming to France, then they will stop coming."

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Russia: Marine Le Pen on immigration policy before losing immunity in France

The French leader of the far-right National Front party, Marine Le Pen, visited Moscow a few weeks ago and sat down with RT to discuss France's immigration policy. The European Parliament revoked immunity for the French nationalist leader and Member of European Parliament (MEP) on Tuesday, paving the way for her possible prosecution for comparing Muslim immigration to the Nazi occupation of France.

French prosecutors opened a case against the MEP in 2011 after she compared Muslims praying in the streets to the Nazi occupation of France. She was accused of inciting racial hatred when making the comparison in a speech in 2010 and a Lyon court requested for her immunity to be removed three years ago. However it was not until this year that a majority of parliamentarians voted to lift the immunity, allowing for an investigation to take place. Marine Le Pen may soon be facing race-hate charges.

In the interview, Marine Le Pen shared her thoughts on immigrants, I believe that nationality should be inherited or deserved so that we do not automatically become French just like that. That comes first. Second, I would implement a small immigration deterrent, because France grants a series of social debts that are detrimental to its own citizens. It means that today there are even illegal immigrants who benefit from larger social aid than some French citizens can obtain."

Marine Le Pen also commented on unemployed immigrants in France, "If they [immigrants] are here legally and they have a job, the there is no problem, well, there is no issue in particular. However, if they are unemployed, we will just tell them - look - we can no longer meet your needs, there are no job prospects here for you, and we have implemented the national priority policy. The national priority policy is meant to give priority to French nationals of the same skill; taxes, positions and obtaining housing in France. This is what I call a small deterrent. From the moment immigrants have no further interest in coming to France, then they will stop coming."

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