Well, well, well. Although French President Emmanuel Macron campaigned on a platform of open borders for refugees, it looks as if he has wised up and backtracked on that stance a little bit.
In an exchange in front of news cameras last week, Macron was confronted by Moroccan Muslim immigrant with an expired visa and appeared to tell her to “go back to your country.”
See for yourself:
French President Emmanuel Macron told this Moroccan Asylum Seeker to “go back to Morocco” pic.twitter.com/uVwT3Nng0V
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) November 27, 2017
According to The Daily Caller, “The woman said her parents lived in France and that she wanted to remain in the country, despite being out of status. Macron disregarded the woman’s argument and asked her to leave France.”
Per translations by several news sources, Macron said to her, “If you are not in danger, you should go back to your country. You are not in danger in Morocco.”
The woman, however, insisted that she should be allowed to stay, despite not having a valid visa.
“I cannot give French papers to everyone who doesn’t have them,” Macron replied. “How would I deal with the people who are already here and can’t find a job?”
Wow! That’s a far cry from what the French newspaper, Le Parisien, reported of Macron in January. According to a translation, he “welcomed the policy led by Chancellor Angela Merkel in favor of the reception of refugees.”
“Confusing terrorists with asylum seekers, with refugees, any form of migration, is a profound moral, historical and political error,” Macron stated at the time.
Yet here we are in November, and it appears Macron may have finally discovered the problems with unregulated immigration. Perhaps there’s hope for France after all.
H/T Middle East Eye