World Bulletin / News Desk
Marine Le Pen, France’s far-right leader and the Front National party leader Marine Le Pen said on Thursday that dual citizenship with non-European countries under her proposed immigration program would be banned and that French Jews with Israeli citizenship would be forced to give it up.
In a two hour interview with Le Pen, told France 2 TV that “Israel is not a European country and doesn’t consider itself as such” when asked if her ban on dual nationality would be extended to Jewish citizens of France.
When questioned further on the issue, Le Pen went on the defense saying: “excuse me, but yes, [I would ask that of] them and others [persons with non-European citizenship]. 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. 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.”
Le Pen has pushed forward with a tough-on-immigration approach, charging that current immigration rules were “too generous.”
Le Pen said that the ban will also apply to citizens of the U.S. and North African countries, but that dual citizens of the EU and of Russia, which she said is part of she termed the "Europe of nations," will be exempted.