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Macron's hard line on migration issues

A push by President Emmanuel Macron for France to harden its immigration policies to reduce the influx of foreigners has alarmed human rights groups and disconcerted the leftwing of his own centrist La République en Marche (LREM) party.

Mr Macron has been hinting at tighter curbs on immigration, including annual quotas, since the eruption of the gilets jaunes demonstrations last year. The protests began as a motorists’ campaign against green fuel taxes but broadened into an anti-government movement that was joined in its early stages by many supporters of the far-right, anti-immigration Rassemblement National (RN) party.

Mr Macron took his tough line on migration a stage further this week, telling a meeting of his party’s parliamentarians that it was time to confront a crucial issue in French politics and be “extremely firm” in applying asylum