Posted by: sean | November 10, 2005

Foreigners in Paris

According to an article this morning in the free daily, Metro, Jean-Pierre Dupois, president of the League of Human Rights claimed that Sarkozy’s proposition to deport all foreigners involved in the riots is “totally illegal, because it is a collective expulsion and this sort of expulsion is forbidden by the European Convention on Human Rights. Even as the Council of State is concerned, it is illegal.”

In other news, the Parisian municipal government showed its support yesterday for a campaign called Tous Parisiens, tous citoyens (All Parisians, all citizens), which would give Paris’s foreigners (14% of the local population) the right to vote in local elections. As a foreigner living in Paris for five years now, I have to say that this decision would be more than welcome.

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