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Libération - France | Wednesday, October 23, 2013

French UMP drifts to the far right

Immediately after the debate over the deportation of secondary school student Leonarda, the president of the conservative UMP, Jean-François Copé, announced on Tuesday that his party would work out a proposal to reform the French immigration laws so that children born in France to immigrant parents without residence permits no longer automatically receive French citizenship. The left-liberal daily Libération is shocked: "Today we are witnesses to a shift to the right as Jean-François Copé and François Fillon open hunting on the terrain of the Front National. ... Copé is the first to question the 'jus soli', the right of territorial affiliation that forms the foundation of the republican pact that even Sarkozy hadn't wanted to touch. As if it were perfectly normal, the French right is also evoking the possibility of leaving the Schengen Area and attacking the right to family reunification. Just a few months before the municipal and European elections, it's time to denounce this worrying trend that is undermining the very notion of integration."

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