France has announced it will give residency permits to around 6,000 illegal immigrants but expel more than twice as many under controversial new immigration laws. The government has decided to use children registered at French schools as a way of tracking down families ineligible to stay in the country.
Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, says out of 20,000 expected requests for residency permits roughly 30 percent will be granted. A figure that is provoked widespread anger among many teachers in areas that are home to illegal immigrants. The campaign has provoked widespread unease, with opponents accusing Sarkozy of targeting the weak and defenceless as part of his bid to woo hard right voters.