Tens of thousands demonstrated in several cities in France They protested against the controversial immigration law and demanded its withdrawal, amid criticism of the law that it adopts many far-right ideas.
About 25,000 demonstrators came out in the capital, Paris, despite the cold winter weather, to demand the withdrawal of the law, and many irregular immigrants participated in these demonstrations.
In an interview with Agence France-Presse, Mariama Sidibe, spokeswoman for the Irregular Migrants Association in Paris, said, “We demand the withdrawal of the law clearly and simply. We came to France to work, we are not delinquents.”
About 400 groups, including unions, political parties, and civil society organizations, have called for demonstrations in rejection of the law, which they say “adopts many of the ideas of the extreme right.”
Restriction on immigrants
The French Parliament ratified the controversial law on December 19, with 349 deputies in the House of Representatives supporting it and 186 opposing it, after it was approved in the Senate.
The new law allows the authorities to deport individuals who were under 13 years old when they arrived in the country, and to deport foreign parents whose children hold French citizenship.
It also reduces social benefits for foreigners, sets immigration quotas, reconsiders the law on automatically obtaining citizenship upon birth in France, and reintroduces the “criminalization of illegal residence.”
Those opposing the new law are seeking to pressure its withdrawal before the Constitutional Council session scheduled for January 25.