“There is no taboo question” about immigration, assures Darmanin in an interview with JDD

ECHR, deletion of the article aimed at regularizing undocumented immigrants in professions in tension: before the examination of its immigration text, the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin assured Sunday that there was “no question taboo” to protect the French, in a long and unprecedented interview with the JDD.

In a nod to the right, Gérald Darmanin is the first minister of his rank to speak in the columns of the Journal du Dimanche since the weekly resumed publication under the direction of far-right journalist Geoffroy Lejeune after weeks strike and massive departures within the editorial staff.

The three-page interview is largely devoted to the immigration bill, the examination of which in the Senate will begin on November 6.

“However, the situation is serious enough for us to have to compromise.”

“There is no taboo question if it is to be effective in protecting the French,” declared the minister when asked about the limits imposed by the Constitution or European jurisprudence in matters of immigration.

He notes, however, that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) “does not prevent (him) from doing (his) job as Minister of the Interior”, arguing that he respects “all the rules of the State of law” and the Court.

On his immigration bill and the thorny debate around its article 3 devoted to professions in tension, Gérald Darmanin says he is ready to “discuss”. “However, the situation is serious enough for us to have to compromise on things which are not central,” declared the minister.

“Some want a decree or a circular, others want it to be in the law. We will therefore discuss this subject like all the others but the government is attached to measures of justice towards those who produce in our country without ever asking public order problem,” he explained.

With the JDD, Gérald Darmanin defended the “firmest text with the toughest measures in the last thirty years”.

While the path to adoption of his text by Parliament is narrow, notably due to firm opposition from the right, the minister seemed to refer a hypothetical failure to an “extreme left attempting to make systematic obstruction” in the Assembly.

“So far all my texts have been adopted without 49.3 (…) It is up to the Prime Minister to decide whether or not she engages the responsibility of her government,” he said.

This article is originally published on laprovence.com


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