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France must strike hard on immigration crisis or risk rolling toward ‘the abyss,’ claims ex-head of intelligence agency

Brittany Jordan

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Making reference to the social challenges posed by the recent influx of immigration, he explained that many arriving from communities elsewhere “not only have disputes with France, but also between themselves.” He highlighted ongoing feuds between North Africans and sub-Saharans, Algerians and Moroccans, Turks and Kurds. You have “Afghans, Chechens, Sudanese, Eritreans, Somalis, Pakistanis, ready to do battle, each on their side … without forgetting the frightening (…) oriental-type of anti-Semitism.”

He argued that despite France attempting to pursue a policy of assimilation, this was quickly abandoned “out of self-denial but also out of necessity, because the volumes we accepted very quickly exceeded this very demanding threshold.”

What are we going to do?

The former intelligence chief called the current “criterion of nationality” an impossible means to evaluate “the repercussions of a phenomenon that largely escapes it.” It is thus imperative to “orient ourselves towards so-called ‘ethnic’ statistics and projections, the prohibition of which is only hypocrisy and a culpable preference for ignorance.”

Brochand said that France needed to “get out of our straightjacket and take back, by finally showing political will, the steering wheel of the crazy truck that has been driving itself for 50 years.” He proposed six goals to achieve this.

The first is to attack head-on legal immigration, which he claimed “should be divided by at least 10.” The second is to cut down on the number of visas, including for students, granted to countries at risk by 20 or 30 times, and to abolish “all rewards for cheating” by arriving illegally.

Third, authorities should “attenuate the social attractiveness of France by removing all non-contributory benefits for foreigners, specifically HLM, a form of low-income housing for which foreign nationals can apply.

Fourth, France needs to reduce the types, duration, and numbers of residence permits and stop automatic renewals.

Fifth, it should cut the automatic right to apply for nationality. And lastly, France must strengthen “Christian secularism” by no longer neutralizing only the state and education establishments, “but also the public space, the universities, and the business world.

Concluding his speech, he mused whether General de Gaulle would have reacted differently to the current struggles of the country, saying, “If he had been in power for the past half-century, he would never have gotten us into the mess that I have described tonight, and if he were resurrected, I fear he would take me for a very timorous moderate.”

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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