At his website, Nicolas Sarkozy offers his political program in pdf format: 8 pages in all, on 15 different topics. Topic nº 13 deals with "Controlling Immigration":
For years one could not speak about immigration in our country. Those who did not accept totally open borders were immediately accused of extremism or racism. I want to stress that with regard to immigration more problems are ahead of us than behind, and there is no solution other than a responsible policy, that reconciles controlled immigration and co-development.
If I'm elected I will strengthen the policy of selective immigration that I began while Minister of the Interior. I will institute annual immigration limits. Laïcité, equality between men and women, freedom of conscience are principles I will never waver on. I will ask those who want to settle in France to make an effort to learn French before coming, because it's an essential condition of successful integration and because it will be a sign of their desire to respect our culture. Family reunification will only be possible if the person has a home and a job that allow him to support his family without welfare.
Finally, I have proposed the creation of a ministry of Immigration and National Identity, because integration occurs through the sharing of our culture as much as by its enrichment. A single ministry ought to deal with the questions relating to immigration, integration and co-development.
It is interesting to compare Sarkozy's proposals on immigration with those of Jean-Marie Le Pen. In his introduction, which I am abridging, Le Pen gives these statistics:
- 6 million new residents in France over the past 20 years
- 400,000 to 500,000 new immigrants enter national territory every year, of which 300,000 are "legal" according to the OCDE.
- 40 million non-European immigrants live on European territory according to the European Parliament.
- 60 billion euros is the annual deficit due to immigration according to the Milloz report
- 700 million euros is the annual cost of State Medical Aide set aside for illegal immigrants
- 25% is the annual average rate of incarceration of the foreign population, a rate that is probably closer to 70% if one takes into account the whole immigrant population.
- 5% of foreigners enter France with a work contract, meaning that 95% do not.
- 50% of those who receive the RMI are foreigners. (The RMI is the minimum revenue, not the minimum wage, accorded by the welfare state.)
Immigration today is planetary. It peoples France with entitled individuals for whom, very often, the only affinity with our country is the material advantages it procures for them. This immigration is fueled by the large corporations for whom it is a way to relocate while staying home, and a way to compress salary costs, and by the political classes who see in it an easy way to acquire an electorate. Today, the French people go into debt in order to finance social benefits that attempt to alleviate the "misery of the world", with the result that there are permanent deficits in the social programs and 2000 billion euros of public debt that threaten, in the short term, to bankrupt the nation.
He then lists specific proposals some of which are:
1 - Welfare and family allocations are reserved for the French alone.
2 - Increase in health insurance premiums and unemployment insurance premiums for foreigners, with no increase in benefits
3 - Abolition of the minimum revenue (RMI) and State medical aid for foreigners.
The estimated savings from these 3 measures: 18.5 billion euros
4 - Naturalization reform: abolition of dual nationality and of the automatic naturalization feature. Henceforth naturalization depends on good behavior and degree of integration. Possible revocation of nationality for those who became nationals less than ten years ago and for those having committed a serious crime resulting in a conviction without probation of more than 6 months in prison.
5 - Reestablish our borders by withdrawing from the Schengen Agreement (1) and by denouncing the treaties that transfer to the European Union the authority in matters of immigration, right of asylum and visas.
6 - Zero tolerance for the organized networks of clandestine immigration
7 - Implementation of a "return-to-homeland policy" that would save 9 to 11 billion euros.
8- Abolition of family reunification.
9 - Reduction in the validity of the temporary visa (carte de séjour) from 10 to 3 years, even for those already in France.
10 - Expulsion of multi-recidivist foreign criminals.
Click here for the entire program at Le Pen's website and notice the modern look of the first page. The photos attest to the influence of his daughter Marine.
A slightly shorter version of Le Pen's proposals was published today at Lawrence Auster's VFR.
(1) From Wikipedia comes this definition of Schengen:
The 1985 Schengen Agreement is an agreement among European states which allows for the abolition of systematic border controls between the participating countries. It also includes provisions on common policy on the temporary entry of persons (including the Schengen Visa), the harmonisation of external border controls and cross-border police co-operation.
A total of 30 countries – including all European Union states and three non-EU members Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland – have signed the agreement and 15 have implemented it so far. The Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom only take part in the police co-operation measures and not the common border control and visa provisions. Border posts and checks have been removed between Schengen countries and a common 'Schengen visa' allows tourist or visitor access to the area.
The map from Wikipedia shows the participating countries in dark blue. In light blue are the countries that have signed, but not yet implemented, the Schengen Agreement.