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During a demonstration against the “immigration” bill held at the same time as the meeting of the joint committee, in Paris, on the evening of December 18, 2023.

A brand new dike is falling. And a brand new step within the normalization of far-right concepts has already been taken. The seven deputies and 7 senators assembly on Monday, December 18, in a joint committee (CMP) on the immigration invoice have nonetheless not discovered an settlement, with discussions stalling on the query of social advantages. They most well-liked to droop their work in a single day, to renew Tuesday morning.

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The present textual content, coming from the Senate, plans to determine a situation of seniority or work on the nationwide territory for non-European foreigners in a authorized state of affairs, earlier than they will entry sure non-contributory social advantages − household allowances, help personalised housing allowance (APL), disabled grownup allowance. An ideological break with the proper to social safety ensuing from the Preamble to the 1946 Constitution.

The topic crystallized tensions throughout the CMP all night, the bulk wished to exclude APLs from the newly packaged advantages for foreigners, whereas Les Républicains (LR) wished to incorporate them. But in its quest for an settlement in any respect prices with the proper, after the vote, Monday December 11, of a movement to reject the textual content within the Assembly, the chief has already bent to situation household allowances, a measure defended for years by the far proper. “It’s an ideological victory for my political family”welcomed National Rally (RN) MP for Var Laure Lavalette, Monday night, on BFM-TV.

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Radicalization of concepts

In 2022, Marine Le Pen purely and easily wished to order household allowances “exclusively for the French”. She proposed making different advantages, together with APL or disabled grownup allowance, conditional on 5 years of full-time work for foreigners. An utility of the “national preference” on the coronary heart of the National Front program for forty years, when the idea was first introduced through the legislative elections of 1986.

Beyond the RN, it has now been a number of years for the reason that proper has taken up these theses for inspiration. In 2017, LR’s presidential candidate, François Fillon, deliberate to “make access to the main social benefits conditional on two years of legal residence in France”. An indication that concepts are progressively turning into extra radical, in 2022, the right-wing candidate, Valérie Pécresse, had elevated this deadline to 5 years in her program. “Little by little, a kind of national preference is becoming the norm”analyzes Brice Teinturier, Deputy Managing Director of Ipsos.

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