French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen from Front National party, announced Thursday that if she is elected, her immigration plan would include a demand that people holding dual French and Israeli citizenship would have to give up one of their nationalities.
The announcement came during a two hours interview with France 2 TV. The far-right leader said that she would not allow French citizens to hold dual citizenship from any country outside the European Union. “I am opposed to a policy allowing dual citizenship in [non-European] countries,” she said.
National Front party was founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who routinely minimized the Holocaust.
Le Pen was responded to host Léa Salamé question whether she was the French-Jewish viewers “if they are willing to renounce their dual Israeli citizenship.” Le Pen responded imminently “Israel is not a European country and doesn’t consider itself as such,” she said before stating that failure to forfeit an Israeli passport would not result in citizens’ expulsion.
“Excuse me, but yes, them and others. I’m asking the Israelis to choose their nationality. It doesn’t mean that if they don’t choose French nationality, they have to leave,” she said.
Commenting on what she described as the problem of lack of assimilation on the part of immigrant and, Le Pen then underlined how she believed Jews differ.
“France can certainly accommodate foreign people on its soil long-term, those with foreign citizenship… as long as they respect French laws and French values, which is often a problem on the immigration issue. It’s not really a problem with Israel on this topic.”
Israel was not the only country on her list of undesirables. She insisted that the ban will also apply to citizens of the US and North African countries.
Recent poll showing Le Pen advancing to the second round of balloting in May but still losing handily to front-runner Emmanuel Marcon.