French PM delays immigration bill due to lack of parliamentary majority


French Prime Minister Elisabeth Born said on Wednesday she would delay plans to develop a new immigration law until the autumn because there was not enough support in parliament to pass it at this stage.

It comes after a government without an absolute majority in parliament used special constitutional powers to pass a deeply unpopular pensions law without a final vote after months of street protests.

“This is not the time to debate a bill that could divide the French,” Born told a news conference.

She said she has so far been unable to reach an agreement with conservative Republicans on an immigration bill that would speed up the deportation of illegal immigrants while making it easier for those working in struggling industries to obtain residence permits. Find workers.

The government initially planned to introduce the bill to both chambers in the spring. Borne said she will continue to work hard to gain support for the bill from other groups.


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