23 Jun 2005

France seeks powers to expel undesirable foreigners from overseas territories

1:47 pm on 23 June 2005

The French government has proposed a new ordinance that would allow the authorities to expel undesirable foreigners from French overseas territories.

The proposal has been made by the new overseas territories minister, Francois Baroin, and would bring provisions into line with the ones in force in mainland France.

Those to be targetted would be foreigners whose behaviour amounted to explicit and deliberate provocation to discriminate and those who promoted hate or violence against an individual or a group.

The ordonance has been presented to the council of ministers and is intended for use in New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna and the Indian Ocean territory of Mayotte.