France has approved tougher immigration laws, causing a split in President Macron’s party.

The amended bill, supported by both Macron’s party and the far-right National Rally, faces criticism from left-wing groups accusing Macron of giving in to the far-right.

The legislation makes it harder for migrants to bring family to France, delays access to welfare benefits, and introduces a controversial provision differentiating between citizens and migrants for benefits.

The move prompted resignations and protests, with left-led areas refusing to implement certain provisions.

The EU also agreed on asylum system reforms. The new law faced opposition even within Macron’s alliance, with Health Minister Rousseau resigning in protest.

The government is seeking Constitutional Council review amid human rights group criticism.

The legislation reveals political divisions and comes as Macron’s party lost its parliamentary majority in 2022. [Source: BBC]

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