France 2012: Hollande, fundamental to limit immigration

Parliament should set economic necessity figure every year

27 April, 13:04

(ANSAmed) - PARIS, APRIL 27 - The Socialist candidate in France's presidential election, François Hollande, has said this morning that a "limitation of economic immigration" is "indispensable" at a time of crisis, adding that, if elected, he will ask Parliament to provide a yearly figure regarding the workforce numbers needed by the French economy. "I believe that there will never be zero immigration and that legal immigration will also exist", Hollande told the radio station RTL. "Can the numbers be reduced? We can discuss it. As far as foreign students are concerned, I am not in favour [of limiting numbers]. I believe that the presence of foreign students in our universities is an opportunity, not only for the students but also for us," Hollande said. "Then there is the issue of economic immigration, and at a time of crisis such as we are currently experiencing, limiting economic immigration is necessary and indispensable," Hollande said. The Socialist candidate added that he also wants to "combat illegal immigration from an economic point of view. It is not normal that some businesspeople cynically use an illegal workforce". With regard to what he called "economic" immigration, Hollande also stated that "Parliament will set the figure of [the French economy's] requirements every year". (ANSAmed).

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