PRESIDENT Nicolas Sarkozy has threatened to pull France out of the
visa-free Schengen zone unless the European Union makes progress on
reducing illegal immigration.
The remark was made in a speech at a key election rally on Sunday in
the Parisian suburb of Villepinte in which Mr Sarkozy called for a
"revision" of the Schengen Agreement, but also threatened to "suspend
[France's] participation" if a new government policy was not implemented
within twelve months.
The Schengen treaty is intended to guarantee the management of
migration by controlling the external borders of Europe, however this
relies heavily on neighbouring countries. 400 million Europeans in the
Schengen zone can cross borders without a passport. Illegal immigrants
who access the area can also take advantage of this ability to move
freely between countries.
It is thought that Sarkozy, who recently criticised the number of
foreigners in France, made the threat in the hope of destabilising
Socialist candidate Francois Hollande who is currently leading in
Are they also able to vote with no ID?.......just saying