Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Marine Le Pen versus immigrants

Marine Le Pen
The Pretty Face of French Hate
Starting this year it will be harder to obtain the French nationality. You will need to pass a test on French culture and history and speak French as well as a 15-year-old native. This is actually pretty much in line with many other countries, but critics claim that this is pandering to the far right. But I don't want to talk about that. Instead, I want to focus in a very interesting paragraph (emphasis mine):
Marine Le Pen, the popular leader of the anti-immigration National Front, has been campaigning in favour of a ban on dual citizenship in France, which she blames for encouraging immigration and weakening French values. While several UMP members have endorsed her stance, Guéant has stopped short of calling for a ban on dual nationality, largely because of the legal difficulties such a move would entail.
Got that? Marine Le Pen, leader of a party whose name in other countries is cover for blatantly pro-Nazi political groups, wants to ban dual nationality.

No big surprise, right? However, Le Pen has repeatedly made another curious demand:
Ceux à qui nous avons eu la générosité d’accorder la nationalité française doivent pouvoir la perdre s’ils ne respectent aucune des règles de notre pays.
Loosely translated:
Those to whom we've had the generosity of granting French citizenship should lose that citizenship if they don't respect the laws of our country.
Again, nothing too surprising from the racist right.

But put those together: if you become French, they want to take away your other citizenship. If they then point their fingers and cry j'accuse!, they'll take away your French citizenship.

In other words, you'll be stateless. What then? The French can't deport you because no one will take you! Keep you in concentration camps for the rest of your life? Didn't think this one through too carefully, did you Marine? Or maybe you did and are hoping the French hear the big words and don't read the small print.