On the inauguration day of the 33rd “Restos du Coeur” winter campaign, the president of the republic was firm on the question of his policy of right of asylum. Speaking to the woman who was trying to claim French papers, Macron took his time to explain to her that France cannot hand out citizenship to anyone who asks. “I can not lie to you: In France, we will protect all people who are in the asylum and who are not safe in their country. But we can not accommodate everyone who comes with working or student visas and who stay after. To be completely frank, you have to go back to your country,” he advised.
Faced with the disapproval of the young woman, whose parents are sick and currently in France, Macron concluded that “if they are here [the parents], we will treat them. This is how justice works in France, and it is already very generous as you can imagine.” However, justifying his stricter immigration policy, Macron quoted the famous words of former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard in 1989: “We take our share, but we can not welcome all the misery of the world,” he said.