(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY NIELS SCHACK NORGAARD

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for France to lead the way in protecting what he calls the “European way of life”. The French presidential election is fast approaching, and on Sunday Sarkozy issued a threat to his fellow EU countries.

"… Sarkozy has threatened to pull out of Europe’s open border zone unless the EU does more to stop illegal immigration. Speaking at a rally where he was campaigning for re-election, he warned France would withdraw from the Schengen agreement possibly within a year.”

The Schengen agreement essentially allows for free movement within the European Union with no border controls between member states.

Sarkozy, leader of the party Union for Popular Movement, faces tough competition for re-election in April and May after trailing behind socialist frontrunner François Hollande in polls for several months.

And now, another candidate for presidency, Marine Le Pen, who critics call anti-EU and anti-immigrant, has accused Sarkozy of copying her policies. France24 quotes her as saying:


”When I said Schengen should be suspended, all his ministers went on television and said I was dangerous, that the free movement is an absolute priority.”

Sarkozy’s rally speech was strongly conservative on issues like Islam, immigration and protectionism. The Guardian calls it a final push for the president - who according to polls will be beaten easily by Socialist François Hollande.


“The rally was seen by many as Sarkozy’s last chance to fire up his support-base in a faltering campaign for reelection.”

The subjects of Mr. Sarkozy’s speech were no surprise to International Herald Tribune columnist Marcus Mabry who writes:

“Right-wing parties across the world often root their electoral arguments in these issues. Just as, in this election year, candidates from left leaning parties like Mr. Hollande and President Obama will be inveighing against the big, rich banks. Still with the economic problems facing France … Sarkozy The Candidate may find it hard to distance himself from Sarkozy The President.”

(AOC)
The Schengen agreement is viewed as the crown jewel of the European Union, but this is not the first time Nicolas Sarkozy has called for reforms. In the wake of the Arab Spring last year, a flood of migrants from North Africa caused Italy and France to appeal for a change in the agreement.

“The flow of migrants to Southern Italy had raised tensions between the two countries in the lead-up to this summit. ‘We want Schengen to live, but for Schengen to live, it must be reformed,’ President Sarkozy told reporters.”

The French presidential election is a two-round system where Mr. Sarkozy is expected to lock horns with Mr. Hollande in the final round. But the latest polls show the president is trailing by more than 10 percentage points.

Sarkozy Campaigning for Stronger Border Controls

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Sarkozy Campaigning for Stronger Border Controls

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY NIELS SCHACK NORGAARD

ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for France to lead the way in protecting what he calls the “European way of life”. The French presidential election is fast approaching, and on Sunday Sarkozy issued a threat to his fellow EU countries.

"… Sarkozy has threatened to pull out of Europe’s open border zone unless the EU does more to stop illegal immigration. Speaking at a rally where he was campaigning for re-election, he warned France would withdraw from the Schengen agreement possibly within a year.”

The Schengen agreement essentially allows for free movement within the European Union with no border controls between member states.

Sarkozy, leader of the party Union for Popular Movement, faces tough competition for re-election in April and May after trailing behind socialist frontrunner François Hollande in polls for several months.

And now, another candidate for presidency, Marine Le Pen, who critics call anti-EU and anti-immigrant, has accused Sarkozy of copying her policies. France24 quotes her as saying:


”When I said Schengen should be suspended, all his ministers went on television and said I was dangerous, that the free movement is an absolute priority.”

Sarkozy’s rally speech was strongly conservative on issues like Islam, immigration and protectionism. The Guardian calls it a final push for the president - who according to polls will be beaten easily by Socialist François Hollande.


“The rally was seen by many as Sarkozy’s last chance to fire up his support-base in a faltering campaign for reelection.”

The subjects of Mr. Sarkozy’s speech were no surprise to International Herald Tribune columnist Marcus Mabry who writes:

“Right-wing parties across the world often root their electoral arguments in these issues. Just as, in this election year, candidates from left leaning parties like Mr. Hollande and President Obama will be inveighing against the big, rich banks. Still with the economic problems facing France … Sarkozy The Candidate may find it hard to distance himself from Sarkozy The President.”

(AOC)
The Schengen agreement is viewed as the crown jewel of the European Union, but this is not the first time Nicolas Sarkozy has called for reforms. In the wake of the Arab Spring last year, a flood of migrants from North Africa caused Italy and France to appeal for a change in the agreement.

“The flow of migrants to Southern Italy had raised tensions between the two countries in the lead-up to this summit. ‘We want Schengen to live, but for Schengen to live, it must be reformed,’ President Sarkozy told reporters.”

The French presidential election is a two-round system where Mr. Sarkozy is expected to lock horns with Mr. Hollande in the final round. But the latest polls show the president is trailing by more than 10 percentage points.

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