France’s crime problem is intricately linked to immigration despite official denials, says one prominent French historian
The link between crime and immigration has gripped France for years and has only become more hotly debated in recent months. Now, the popular French historian, essayist and publicist Laurent Obertone, is saying that the problem is far worse than even the state is willing to admit.
“Migrants and the descendants of migrants are responsible for two-thirds of criminality, because criminality and delinquency are tied in the majority to those issuing from immigration. One can say that ethnic statistics are forbidden and so on, one should not talk about this, and we should only speak of the small criminal minority and that is all,” said Obertone while appearing on CNews.
Obertone points to recent statements from French President Emmanuel Macron, who admitted last month that foreigners account for half the crimes in Paris.
“Yes, when we look at delinquency in Paris, we can see that half of the delinquent acts come from foreigners in an irregular situation or awaiting asylum approval,” said Macron while appearing on France 2 television channel. Macron’s remarks sparked a heated debate in French society about the role of immigration and insecurity.
France’s interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, also made a similar admission; however, both Macron and Darmanin have denied that immigration is actually tied to higher crime.
“I will never make an existential link between immigration and insecurity,” said Macron in the same interview.