Thousands of people in France are demanding the withdrawal of the immigration law

In large cities such as Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux and many others, demonstrators braved freezing temperatures in the first two consecutive days of demonstrations against the rule, which President Emmanuel Macron has not yet enacted while awaiting the opinion of the House of Representatives. The Constitutional Council will meet on January 25.

Flags and banners dominated the panoramic scene on French soil for a few hours, in protests called by dozens of social organizations and unions.

The marches were filled with criticism of the government and racist liquidations of the rule that was approved on December 19, after an agreement between the ruling party and the conservatives who negotiated the text in their favor to tighten immigration treatment.

Next Sunday's mobilization is expected to be even larger, with support from several unions, including the country's two largest unions: the French Democratic Confederation of Workers (CFDT) and the Confederation General of Workers (CGT).

According to various sources, the goal of the protests is to denounce the law that attacks the principles of solidarity, freedom, equality and fraternity, proposed by France, and to pressure the Constitutional Council to declare that the initiative conflicts with the Magna Carta, which is unlikely, although that body can impose censorship on it. Some articles.

The text is controversial, as the far right sees it as an ideological victory, with measures such as imposing a security deposit on foreign students in order to be accepted into universities in France.

It also restricts family reunification, organizing undocumented workers, support for those who are legally resident, for example, with regard to housing, and calls for reform of government medical assistance for “undocumented” people, a benefit the right wants to abolish.

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These Sundays were the first marches faced by new Prime Minister Gabriel Attal since he came to office last Tuesday.


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