French President Emmanuel Macron said, during his recent visit to Tunisia, that the policy of firmness regarding the granting of visas to Moroccans and Tunisians has “started to bear fruit”.
Macron defended the “policy of firmness” during the Francophone Summit in Tunis, yesterday, Saturday, noting that “France has the right to be sensitive as well”, according to what was reported by the French media.
The French president said, “We see that the process of returning expelled migrants has become easy,” refusing to return the deported migrants, according to the “Agence France Presse” agency.
Macron stressed that in recent months a genuine debate has been opened on the issue of visas, noting that immigrants in an illegal situation in France are the result of “organized smuggling.”
Emmanuel Macron ended his speech, saying that “it is unacceptable that we do not return foreigners in an irregular situation, who have been identified as dangerous and disturbing public order”.
In September of last year, the French government decided to tighten the conditions for granting entry visas to those coming from Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. It reduced the annual number allowed by 30 percent for Tunisians, and 50 percent for Algerians and Moroccans.