Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sarkozy, seeking re-election, wants border-free Europe to fight illegal immigration harder - The Washington Post


PARIS — President Nicolas Sarkozy says that he will pull France out of Europe’s border-free travel zone next year if it doesn’t fight harder against illegal immigration — and if he’s re-elected.
Sarkozy, in a campaign speech Saturday, said members should give the Schengen zone a president and new governing body, and punish member countries that don’t respect its rules.
  • ( Christophe Ena / Associated Press ) - French President and candidate for the 2012 elections Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with supporters as he arrives for a campaign rally in Rueil-Malmaison, outside Paris, Saturday, March 24, 2012.
  • ( Christophe Ena / Associated Press ) - French President and candidate for the 2012 elections Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with supporters as he arrives for a campaign rally in Rueil-Malmaison, outside Paris, Saturday, March 24, 2012.
  • ( Christophe Ena / Associated Press ) - French President and candidate for the 2012 elections Nicolas Sarkozy delivers his speech during a campaign rally in Rueil-Malmaison, outside Paris, Saturday, March 24, 2012.
  • ( Christophe Ena / Associated Press ) - French President and candidate for the 2012 elections Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with supporters as he arrives for a campaign rally in Rueil-Malmaison, outside Paris, Saturday, March 24, 2012.
( Christophe Ena / Associated Press ) - French President and candidate for the 2012 elections Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with supporters as he arrives for a campaign rally in Rueil-Malmaison, outside Paris, Saturday, March 24, 2012.

If this doesn’t happen within a year, he said, “France will assume its responsibilities and leave Schengen.”
Sarkozy has taken a hard-line on immigration throughout his career and especially during his campaign for elections in April and May.
The Schengen zone makes it easier for citizens to travel between its 25 member countries. Some complain that it has also made it easier for illegal immigrants to cross borders.
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Prof. Muse Tegegne has lectured sociology Change &  Liberation  in Europe, Africa and Americas. He has obtained  Doctorat es Science from the University of Geneva.   A PhD in Developmental Studies & ND in Natural Therapies.  He wrote on the  problematic of  the Horn of  Africa extensively. He Speaks Amharic, Tigergna, Hebrew, English, French. He has a good comprehension of Arabic, Spanish and Italian.