Right-wing Republicans accused nine constitutional judges of committing a “coup against the rule of law” and are therefore demanding a new law. Meanwhile, the National Pact party led by Marine Le Pen believes that holding a referendum on immigration is necessary.
Of the 86 articles in the law that were voted on on December 20, 35 articles were completely or partially deleted from the list by the Constitutional Council, which are essentially the restrictions included in the text as a result of the agreement between the government majority and the right. wing.
Laurent Fabius, President of the Constitutional Council, on Friday, in a program on public television France 5
He described the questioning of the constitutional judges' decision as very disturbing.
He rejected the assumption that a political decision had been taken, stressing that withdrawing the unconstitutional provisions was a “purely legal” decision. The text of the law was published in the Official Gazette on Saturday, and governors have already received the first executive instructions.
Foreign criminals are dealt with more strictly
The nine constitutional judges removed from the new regulation, among other things, quotas introduced on the Canadian model, which would have set an upper limit on the number of economic immigrants accepted in France for the next three years, and classified the tightening as unconstitutional. Access to social benefits, which distinguished between EU and non-EU citizens, did not support the tightening of family reunification requirements, as well as the requirement that foreign students now put down a deposit to cover the costs of their trip home.
The government's original proposal, which was based on two pillars, remained in law:
Taking tougher measures against foreigners who commit crimes and facilitating their deportation, as well as legalizing the status of foreigners who work illegally in sectors suffering from labor shortages,
Governors can grant work and residence permits to hundreds of thousands of people in this case based on an individual assessment and without prior approval from the employer.
On Friday, Gerard Larcher, President of the Republican Senate, asked the government to submit a new text to Parliament, in line with the agreement between his party and the government majority, but the Minister of the Interior immediately rejected this. Interior, Gerald Darmanin.
The passage of the draft law a month ago also caused a minor government crisis, after 27 members of the ruling party voted “no” and 32 abstained from voting, while the center-right Republicans and Marine Le Pen’s party voted unanimously in the National Assembly, considering it a draft law. It is an ideological triumph that the principle of national preference was included in the proposal. Health Minister Aurelien Rousseau resigned the next day, while other government members who spoke out against the law were not included in the new government appointed two weeks ago.