Conflict & Justice

The French Immigration Debate


President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks at memorial service in Montauban. (BBC Video)

French president Nicolas Sarkozy has come out hard against immigration to France, threatening to halve the number of non-French let in each year. He's also threatened to pull out of Europe's main open-border agreement. Some critics of the French president argue that anti-immigrant rhetoric has fueled an atmosphere where race-based killings are more likely. The World's Gerry Hadden has more from southern France.

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