Prohiben en Francia manifestaciones frente al Consejo Constitucional

Mobilizations in France against the immigration law

Social organizations and trade unions called for the protest, supported by left-wing political forces, to denounce the government initiative, which part of the country sees as contradicting republican values ​​such as solidarity, fraternity and equality.

The largest mobilization is expected in this capital, where demonstrators will leave the iconic Trocadero Square, although marches are also planned in other major cities.

More than 200 figures from French association and trade union life signed a few days ago the call for mobilization that attracted thousands of people last Sunday, in the expectation that the reaction today will be much more important.

The organizations calling for the rejection of the immigration law include the two largest trade unions: the French Democratic Confederation of Trade Unions (CFDT) and the General Confederation of Trade Unions (CGT).

“Our aim is to denounce a law that is not the France of solidarity, freedom, equality and fraternity, namely that of coexistence in everyday life,” said CGT national secretary Sophie Binet.

The text, agreed on by the ruling party and the conservatives, who have negotiated to their advantage, is causing controversy as it is seen by the extreme right as an ideological victory and measures such as charging a security deposit for foreign students must be accepted Universities in France.

It also limits family reunification, the legalization of undocumented workers, and support for those who are legally present, such as housing, and calls for reform of government medical assistance for “undocumented people,” a benefit that want to abolish the rights.

The marches against the immigration law represent a pressure mechanism on the Constitutional Council, which will give its opinion on January 25th on whether the initiative complies with the Magna Carta or not.

According to those in the know, it is unlikely that the Council will censor the standard as a whole, although it is quite possible that it will reject some articles or parts of it.

The government itself admitted that there are sections that it does not like, such as collecting a deposit from foreign students.