Migrants in France Are Paying the Price for Macron’s Hard Line on Immigration

French police officers evacuate a migrant during a large operation to dismantle makeshift migrant camps in the north of Paris, Nov. 7, 2019 (AP photo by Francois Mori).
French police officers evacuate a migrant during a large operation to dismantle makeshift migrant camps in the north of Paris, Nov. 7, 2019 (AP photo by Francois Mori).
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French President Emmanuel Macron has maintained a frosty rapport with the national media since taking office in 2017, giving just two press conferences and accusing journalists of “no longer seeking the truth.” So it was a bit out of character when in late October he sat down for a lengthy interview with the magazine Valeurs Actuelles, to outline his priorities for the second half of his five-year term. Immigration—notably, how to reduce it—was chief among them. Valeurs Actuelles isn’t mainstream or widely read. It’s a conservative weekly magazine known for alarmist tropes against migrants and Muslims, so it seemed like […]

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