In the northern suburbs of Paris public spaces have been taken over by illegal immigrants (Picture source: blazingcatfur.ca )
A report from two members of the French National Assembly claims could be up to 400,000 illegal immigrants living in Seine-Saint-Denis department. According to their figures between eight and 20 percent of the population of Paris’s troubled northern suburbs may be constituted by illegal immigants and that many live on the streets because of the strain put on social services by the magnitude of the influx, Le Figaro reports.The department, consisting of three northern suburbs, Saint Denis, Hauts de Seine and Val de Marne suffer the highest poverty rate in the Paris conurbation at 28 percent and an unemployment rate three percentage points higher than the city to the south.
The report was authored by representatives from different parties, Rodrigue Koukouendo, a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s Le Republique En Marche (LREM) party and François Cornut-Gentille of the conservative Republicans, with both authors emphasising that social services and police in the area were struggling to cope with the huge numbers of illegals.
The two MPs suggested a reform of the way the government collects statistical data to help government departments understand the problem they are dealing with, writing: “To identify urban phenomena of ghettoisation, to explain educational difficulties, to combat discrimination and to adapt the resources of the police and the judiciary to a specific population, the question of establishing so-called ethnic statistics is raised.”
The report's conclusions can only point to more trouble in store for the boy Macron who is already suffering record negative ratings after statking is presidency on his ability to sell French voters the ideas that part of the solution to the immigrant problem is to increase immigration levels and abolish border controls.