THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – WILLIAM HOROBIN
France’s government presented a bill Wednesday to toughen immigration and asylum laws by doubling the time migrants can be detained, strengthening police powers to search them, and shortening the time migrants have to appeal rejected asylum claims.
The proposed measures have angered some lawmakers from President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist République en Marche group in the National Assembly, which until now has unflinchingly backed the president’s policies. Some members say they could abstain from voting for the bill if it isn’t softened.
“The bill seems too restrictive on some points, or it constitutes a revocation of freedoms,” Martine Wonner, one of the lawmakers critical of Mr. Macron’s plans, said in an interview with French paper 20 Minutes.