The text launched on the party’s website says that it recognizes “the obvious distress of a part of legitimate refugees” but concludes that “what [it] matters primarily is the protection of our compatriots”.
He wants to keep the door closed. The National Assembly (Rassemblement national – RN) has launched a petition to say “no to the massive reception of Afghan refugees”, after the arrival of the Taliban in power in Kabul, Sunday, August 15, and the discovery of massacres. Under the title “Afghanistan: no to a new migration highway”, this petition launched on the website of the far right party says to recognize “the obvious distress of a part of legitimate refugees” but concludes that “The protection of our compatriots is the main priority [for him]”.
While the mayors of several cities, mainly left or environmentalists, have announced their intention to welcome refugees, the RN believes that this is “putting their fellow citizens at an obvious risk”.
Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Wednesday that “France will welcome, as it does every year, several thousand Afghans” – even if only a minority of them are granted asylum. But Emmanuel Macron also said he wanted to protect Europe “from major irregular migration flows”, ensuring that he would support the launch of a European initiative in this direction.