They ‘took our Jews and gave us Arabs’: Former French minister on refugees and Germany

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A French politician did some serious backtracking after making a regrettable comment about Germany’s absorbing hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian refugees, saying the Germans “took our Jews and gave us Arabs.”

The controversial remark was made by Patrick Devedjian, identified by European media sources as a right-wing politician who served in the governments of French Presidents Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy.

Devedjian made the comment in response to Germany’s agreeing to take 800,000 of the refugees. He later went on social media to dismiss his words as a poor attempt at humor, the Daily Mail reported.

“My humorous jest was misplaced,” he wrote on his Twitter feed.

Any attempt to joke about Germany’s treatment of Jews is doomed to failure, but Devedjian’s “jest” reflected a growing sentiment in Europe over the failure of “multiculturalism.” The continent over the years has seen a large influx of Muslim immigrants who refuse to assimilate in their host countries.

While reporting on President Barack Obama’s critique of Europe’s treatment of Muslim immigrants earlier this year, the magazine Foreign Policy reported that “Europe has struggled with integrating its Muslim immigrants, and recent elections have pushed calls for stricter controls on Muslim immigration and more policing of their communities into the continent’s political mainstream.”

Ironically, the magazine noted that in 2010, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the first to say that multiculturalism had “utterly failed.”

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French President Francois Hollande has agreed to take 24,000 refugees over the next two years, the Mail reported.

The number of asylum-seekers may grow even higher as refugees by the thousands take it on themselves to march into Europe with or without the approval of the countries involved.

The Daily Mail reported:

This week, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker’s appealed to EU members to share out refugees.

As he spoke, disarray across the continent was driven home when police in Hungary, Austria and Denmark closed major highways as groups of migrants, hundreds strong, marched north.

Defying Hungary’s new border fence and EU asylum rules, tens of thousands are crossing frontiers to reach Germany and Sweden.

 

With the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II unfolding as a result of Obama’s pulling U.S. forces completely out of Iraq and standing idly by as militants from the Islamic State moved in to fill the void in Iraq and Syria, European countries are under pressure to take in more and more of the refugees.

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