Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sarkozy vs. Schengen

#sarkothon Tiens, tiens! President Sarkozy, after sharply criticizing François Hollande for his "irresponsible" criticism of the recent budgetary discipline agreement--"France gave its word, one doesn't renege on a promise made in the name of la patrie"--announced today at Villepinte that he intends, if reelected, to renegotiate the Schengen agreement. So apparently the word of France in financial matters is one thing, but the word of France in regard to the free circulation of human beings is something else again.

So one might ask whether immigration has reached such proportions in France relative to other European countries that France should be taking such a measure. And the answer can be seen in the graph below.


Nevertheless,

"Alors les accords de Shengen ne permettent plus de répondre à la gravité de la situation, ils doivent être révisés. On ne peut pas laisser la gestion des flux migratoires aux seules mains des technocrates et des tribunaux, a-t-il déclaré. Il faut une discipline commune dans les contrôles aux frontières. Il faut pouvoirsanctionnersuspendre ou exclure de Schengen un Etat défaillant. Si je devaisconstater que dans les douze mois qui viennent il n'y avait aucun progrès sérieux dans cette direction, alors la France suspendrait sa participation aux accords de Schengen jusqu'à ce que les négociations aient abouti."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Did I get this right - he's saying "do what I say or France will leave the Union"?
I don't understand how this can help his campaign.