French far-right candidate Zemmour says Ukrainians welcome, but not Arab refugees

French far-right presidential contender Eric Zemmour says Ukrainians welcome, but not Arab refugees.

British public will be asked to offer their homes to Ukrainian refugees
The British public will be asked to offer their homes to Ukrainian refugees

The Far-right contender has been criticised and is on the back foot over past support for Russian President Vladimir Putin, says Ukrainians with family links to France should be given visas, unlike those fleeing conflicts in Arab Muslim nations.

Ukrainians welcome, but not Arab refugees

Zemmour warned on Tuesday that an “emotional response” risked unleashing a flood of refugees across Europe after the European Union agreed to give Ukrainians who flee the war the right to stay and work in the 27-nation bloc for up to three years.

The United Nations says more than 2 million Ukrainians have already fled the country.

Zemmour applauded Britain’s more stringent approach. Britain on Monday rejected calls to ease visa requirements for Ukrainian refugees.

“If they have ties to France, if they have family in France…let’s give them visas,” Zemmour told BFM TV in France.

Double Standards

Zemmour’s support has fallen by 3 to 4 points to about 12% in voter surveys taken since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Europe’s open-arm welcome to fleeing Ukrainians contrasts with the reluctance to accept large numbers of refugees from conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, with Arab and African refugees complaining of double standards.

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