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France's Macron turns to right on refugee crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron

Ramin Mazaheri
Press TV, Paris

Two weeks ago a poll was published which showed that nearly two-thirds of France views asylum-seekers as a 'menace'. Nearly half of France also thinks that refugees deprive native French of government services. 

Just a few days later President Emmanuel Macron declared that his ruling party’s so-called “humanist” approach was driving voters to the far-right. Macron was elected in 2017 primarily to block the National Assembly’s Marine Le Pen. 

Macron has just confirmed he will flip-flop his immigration stance amid policy debates next week in Parliament, causing uproar among his culturally-liberal supporters. 

Analysts say the former Rothschild banker can no longer be called a 'centrist', as Macron appears to be pandering to far-right voters in order to regain some popularity and win key local elections next year. 

The poll indicates that the French have turned against solidarity with non-French, as a decade of failed austerity measures have created more competition for jobs, reduced government services, increased taxes and decreased personal stability. 

Macron’s shift to the right on immigration is another brick in what many call 'Fortress Europe'. France is involved militarily in half of the top 12 source countries for refugees, yet they accepted less than 30,000 refugees last year.

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