Migrants should be provided with accommodations but in their home countries instead of in Europe, said Jordan Bardella, the vice-president and spokesman of the right-wing French National Rally, in an interviewon news channel CNews.
Bardella said if immigration is not halted, it represents a serious demographic threat to France and Europe.
“The borderless ideology of unlimited and unrestricted reception calls into question the demographic, economic and social balance of our countries,” Bardella said. “The EU’s Migration Pact is a new stage in this ‘rush for Europe'”.
The National Rally party has launched a campaign against the European Pact on Migration and Asylum, also known as the migration pact, with the party’s leader, Marine Le Pen slamming the plan during a news conference at the party’s headquarters in October.
“It is an organized plan of submersion of Europe and the nations which compose it,” said Le Pen. “It is a real pact with the devil which will lead to the suicide of Europe.”
According to Marine Le Pen, 60 to 70 million migrants could settle in Europe in a few years due to the EU’s migrant pact.
France itself currently settles 400,000 immigrants a year, which has contributed to the country’s rapidly changing demographics, raising the potential that ethnic French will become a minority over the coming decades.
Bardella said on CNews that compassion must be weighed with sensible strategies that ensure the safety and well-being of migrants in their own countries and allow the French to avoid becoming a minority, a policy that has been pursued by a number of nationalist parties and politicians in Europe, including Hungary.
“Of course the migrants should be offered a place to live, but at home,” Bardella said. “In a few days, [French Interior Minister] Gérald Darmanin has dropped to one knee by collectively letting go of the police and paying tribute to those who fought against France in Algeria.”
Bardella was referring to two recent incidents in France, one on Wednesday, in which police attacked a young Black man only identified as Michel, after he provoked them and tried to steal their weapons. Shortly after the attack, the General Inspectorate of National Police (IGPN) ordered an investigation into potential police abuse and falsifying evidence against the three police officers.
In the other case, which happened on Tuesday, police dismantled a migrant tent camp in downtown Paris, which sparked a debate in the French Parliament, eventually leading to a bill to ban videos identifying police officers with the “manifest intention of harming their physical or psychological integrity”.In both cases, Minister of Interior Gérald Darmanin bowed to public pressure and did not stand up to defend the actions of police, Bardella said.