The French Administration has adopted a new ploy to put pressure on countries that have illegal immigrants on French soil, and Paris is seeking to deport them, and this ploy is to curtail the number of visas granted to nationals of those countries that refuse to respond to Paris demands regarding the burning issue of deporting illegal immigrants.
The ploy, which observers considered as a diplomatic “bargaining”, was announced by the French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clement Ban, in a statement reported by the French Press Agency, in which he stated that his country will not hesitate to make a reduction in the “Quota” of visas granted to those countries that refuse to receive Its citizens who are on French soil illegally, especially those classified as suspected of extremism.
Deprivation of the visa, according to the French official, reaches even political and economic officials, and it is one of the papers that French President Emmanuel Macron can move at any moment, according to Clement.
The French Interior Minister, Gerald Darmanin, had made an official visit early this month to Algeria, then Tunisia, as part of a Maghreb tour that began in Morocco in the middle of last month, and at the top of the agenda of this visit was to obtain facilities from Algeria regarding the deportation of their nationals residing in France in an illegal manner and whose number is estimated at more than sixty immigrants.
In order to activate the French step as well as to circulate it to the rest of the European countries, the French official stressed the need for coordination between the member states in the “Schengen space”, in order to pressurize countries that refuse to respond to the French demands.
The French Secretary of State for European Affairs did not indicate the identity of the countries concerned with the decision that Paris intends to take.
However, the French Minister of Interior’s talk of deporting a number of illegal Algerian immigrants suggests that Algeria is included in the list of targeted countries, knowing that Tunisia has responded to the French demands.
Upon his return from his visit to Algeria, the French Minister of the Interior said in an interview with the daily “Le Parisien” that he had received a response from the officials in Algeria to receive their subjects who were illegal immigrants, but with conditions: “They clearly told me that the citizens who fall under their responsibility will be returned. Provided that they confirm their identity, and this is understandable, moreover, after my various trips, there were actually a number of deportations. ”However, no statement was issued by an Algerian official confirming or denying what was stated in the columns of the French newspaper.
The need for the French authorities to deport illegal immigrants suspected of extremism has emerged in an unprecedented way, since the slaughter of the French teacher who horrendously insulted the noble Prophet Mohamed, “May Almighty God Bless Him”, and the ensuing controversy sparked off by French President Emmanuel Macron’s speech in which he confused Islam and terrorism.