Macron promulgates controversial new French immigration law

The administration of French President Emmanuel Macron published the formal text of a new immigration law in its Official Journal on Saturday, with the first instructions on applying the legislation already presented to officials.

The French head of state promulgated the law in New Delhi, India, where he has been travelling since Thursday.

The law's promulgation comes after France's Constitutional Council censured 35 of its 86 articles, including contentious additions insisted on by the right, such as measures restricting access to social benefits and the introduction of immigration quotas.

While the bill was seen as one of the signature reforms of Macron's second term, some in his camp had baulked at the stricter version, with about a quarter of his allies in parliament voting against it or abstaining.

The final text upheld by the council retains key elements initially desired by the government, with a large part of it dedicated to simplifying procedures for expelling delinquent foreigners, one of the objectives of Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.

An article on the regularisation of undocumented workers in industries facing shortages was also kept in the text.

Darmanin, who had previously said some measures were "clearly contrary to the constitution", described the council's ruling as a win for the government.

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