Marine Le Pen: No free school for illegal migrants in France


#1

BBC:

Marine Le Pen: No free school for illegal migrants in France

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called for an end to free education for the children of illegal immigrants.In a speech in Paris, the National Front’s candidate in the 2017 presidential race next spring said she had nothing against foreigners.
“But I tell them: if you come to our country don’t expect to be taken care of, to be looked after, that your children will be educated without charge,” she said.
“No more playtime,” she added.

Ms Le Pen is widely expected to be one of two candidates to reach the second and final round of the election in May.
Latest opinion polls suggest she is running neck-and-neck in polling for the first round with the centre-right candidate Francois Fillon, who was selected in national primaries at the end of November. The Socialists will hold their own primaries next month.
However, around two-thirds of voters would choose Mr Fillon over Ms Le Pen in the deciding round.

Ms Le Pen had been widely reported as saying the education ban should apply to foreigners, but after her speech she clarified to the AFP that she was talking about illegal immigrants.
However, she also said that foreigners using the state education system must be living in France legally and contributing to the tax system.
Cutting immigration has long been a bedrock policy of the FN, and Ms Le Pen has campaigned hard to cut legal immigration dramatically to 10,000 people a year, and to halt the right to family reunions.
Education has also been a central theme for the far-right leader. In 2014, she spoke out against providing substitute meals for pork dinners in schools for Muslims and Jews.

However under French law dating back to 1881, free primary education is a basic right for all children. The right to education is also a fundamental tenet of the European Convention on Human Rights.
French Education Secretary Najat Belkacem said in a blog entry that Ms Le Pen had not only demonstrated total indifference to the terrible plight of many migrant children, she showed the same level of ignorance of fundamental French values and laws.


#2

Not too awfully odd for France. Illegals in France can’t get government-subsidized health care, either. They have to pay up front for their care or do without.


#3

Not sure where you got that from. France’s provision is actually among the most generous in Europe

Undocumented Migrants’ Access to Medical Care in European Countries

Access only to emergency services Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden Greater

Access to some services or for some categories of undocumented migrants Belgium, Italy, Norway, and the United Kingdom

Full access under specified conditions France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland

France’s Universal Health Coverage Act provides publicly financed insurance coverage to all residents of the country, but there are separate laws and regulations regarding health care for undocumented migrants. The State Medical Assistance (AME) system allows a major subset of undocumented migrants to become eligible for publicly subsidized, free physician and hospital care.

Undocumented migrants can apply for coverage at various health or social service centre’s, hospitals, and nongovernmental organizations. Successful applicants receive a one year coverage certificate that they can present to care providers who can invoice the state for reimbursement. Some services (e.g., dental prostheses and corrective lenses) are excluded An estimated 180,000 undocumented migrants receive AME coverage. Undocumented migrants who do not meet AME requirements are nevertheless entitled to: care in life-threatening situations; treatment of contagious diseases, but not other chronic diseases; all types of health care for children; maternity care; and abortion for medical reasons.

Undocumented migrants who have been living in France for at least three years are eligible for “home medical assistance,” which is less comprehensive than the AME but that nevertheless allows them to see general practitioners without charge

commonwealthfund.org/~/media/Files/Publications/Issue%20Brief/2012/Dec/1650_Gray_hlt_care_undocumented_migrants_intl_brief.pdf


#4

Just what the world needs…more illiterate people.


#5

It has been awhile since I looked at what France provides, so perhaps it has changed. One thing I do know is that there are “layers” in French coverage. Some is provided by the national government, which is what I had occasion to research some time ago. Some is provided by individual Departments, which is largely supplemental to what the national program provides, and can differ from Department to Department.


#6

Educating children who are totally innocent, who may one day get a job and pay taxes to France is far better than cementing them in poverty with little hope of any sort of future other than becoming a huge repressed, bitter and angry force to be dealt with later.

This is just common sense.


#7

Problem is there isn’t any incentive for them to assimilate. Western Europe is building a parallel society for conservative second and third world immigrants and any who challenge that are automatically labeled as racist bigots. In many cases, these Europeans act so ashamed of their society (yet like many First Worlders who do can’t seem to bring themselves to migrate to the Amazon jungle or the war-torn Congo or Syria), so why should any immigrant or refugee appreciate it?

Could anyone imagine what these same folks would say if the TEA PARTY or UKIP set-up no-go zones in New York or London and effectively demanded a separate judicial system while saying “but the Jews have it too”?:eek:


#8

One wonders why they don’t just put them on a boat to Algeria or wherever, and make done with it.


#9

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