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France elections. The rise of the far-right worries Arab migrants

Arab immigrants in France fear the consequences of the results of the first round of legislative elections, which witnessed the rise of the far right, especially since this was preceded by EU-wide parliamentary elections in which the far right rose to the forefront strongly.

According to the results of the legislative elections, the National Rally and its allies took first place in this first round with 33.15 percent, followed by the Left Union with 27.99 percent of the votes, while Emmanuel Macron's camp came in third place with 20.76 percent of the votes.

Fears of migrants

"After the many complications introduced by the new immigration law, it will become even more difficult with the rise of the far right in France," said Haifa, a 30-year-old Tunisian domestic helper and babysitter in the city of Lyon, bitterly. S, a 30-year-old Tunisian woman, told Sky News Arabia.

Haifa's concern stems from "the far right's focus on the issue of immigration and immigrants as an obstacle to progress, despite the fact that they occupy important jobs in various fields, including medicine and engineering, as well as jobs in hotels, restaurants, and construction, which the French do not want to do as hard tasks." iOS 18 introduces significant enhancements for Indian users, including Hindi support, live voicemail transcription, and more.

With the National Rally's big lead in the first round, mobilization to block the far-right from achieving a majority on Sunday, July 7, in the National Assembly, which Macron dissolved a few hours after the group's victory in the European elections on June 9, is intensifying.

"I was very affected by this unexpected result, all my acquaintances never imagined that the National Front party could mobilize such a huge number of votes, we fear the racism that may spread within French society and many Arab immigrants may return to their home countries."

This is what Idriss S., a Moroccan computer engineer, told Sky News Arabia. S, a Moroccan IT engineer who has lived in Paris for five years.

The 40-year-old, who has not yet obtained French citizenship and recently married a Tunisian woman, continues: "We are very worried and wonder about our future and the future of our children here. "It is very strange that the French believe that foreigners are the cause of their society's social and economic ills.

Nicolas Tenzer, philosopher, professor at the Institute of Political Science and head of the Center for Studies and Reflection on Political Action, notes that "the immigration issue is very old for the far right and is becoming more and more dominant in the motives of French voters, because they play on the fear of the spread of Islam and the security threat."

"The immigration law has already been voted on and is very restrictive anyway, but it is likely to be strengthened with this shift to the right in the General Assembly," the political analyst reveals.

Expected measures against immigrants

In its campaign leaflet, the RN stated that it wants to "stop the flow of migrants" by "drastically reducing legal and illegal immigration" and "expelling foreign delinquents".

To implement these measures, leader Jordan Bardella wants to submit to parliament an "emergency law" on immigration if his party gets an absolute majority (at least 289 seats).

Bardella announced that if he is appointed prime minister, he will adopt "in the first weeks" of his mandate "a law on immigration aimed first of all at facilitating the expulsion of criminal foreigners, by lifting current administrative restrictions."

In particular, the emergency law aims to abolish the "land right," the right to obtain the nationality of a country due to birth there. In France, any child born on French soil to foreign parents can automatically obtain French nationality as soon as they reach the age of 18.

The emergency immigration law also seeks to modify state medical assistance, the state-funded medical assistance for illegal immigrants, which currently covers 100 percent of the medical costs of illegal immigrants.

According to the president of the National Rally Party, this program should only cover medical emergencies and "it will no longer be possible for illegal immigrants to benefit from all free medical care."

Bardella emphasized that "the most strategic positions" in the government "will be reserved for French citizens," meaning that dual nationals will be excluded from accessing these positions.

Social housing, which benefits a large segment of low-income immigrants, will be prioritized for French nationals.