From the Velodrome in Marseille, where nearly 60,000 faithful were gathered on Saturday, Pope Francis has multiplied calls for solidarity with migrants. "We must welcome and not hide them, integrate them and not get rid of them," said the pontiff, after the massive arrival of people from Africa on the small Italian island of Lampedusa. And to advocate for a "large number of legal and regular entries" in the countries of Europe. A position not frankly to the taste of the boss of the National Rally, Jordan Bardella, invited Sunday on BFM.
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"He is Argentinian and he is not aware of the problem of immigration today in Europe which destabilizes European societies," said the MEP. After walking up the famous Prado Avenue in his popemobile, Pope Francis even described the Phocaean city as a "haven of peace". "When he says, Marseille is a haven of peace, allow me like all the French, to take offense and say that he does not know Marseille," mocked Jordan Bardella.
"He chooses to have a political discourse but my role is to remind him that when we call for mass immigration, that we call for the unconditional and unlimited opening of all our borders, then we bear a responsibility on the belief and the Eldorado that these people of the continent have," he continued. Calling himself "non-believer but respecting those who have faith," Jordan Bardella said he preferred "the wisdom of his predecessor Benedict XVI who declared that states have the right to regulate migratory flows."
Even before the start of this first official visit in France, the head of the list of Reconquest in the Europeans, Marion Maréchal, had already pointed the finger at a pope "too political". "He also has his prism of South American pope who does not finally know today the type of immigration we know and who, obviously, does not measure what we are facing," she denounced in terms similar to those of her opponent of the RN, last week on BFM.
After the very political speech of the first Latin American pope, Les Républicains (LR) abstained from commenting. While expressing his "joy" at having been in the audience, LR MEP François-Xavier Bellamy simply warned each "camp" that would seek "to reduce or trap" the word of the sovereign pontiff, without mentioning his remarks on immigration. Discretion is also required in government, where they prefer to emphasize the success of this great papal mass. Invited Sunday on France 3, the Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, soberly welcomed the message of a "spiritual leader but not a political leader".