French National Assembly Approves Bill Restricting Asylum Seekers

The lower house of the French legislature, the National Assembly, has approved a new immigration bill championed by President Emmanuel Macron. The bill focuses on asylees, and it “shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles the time for which illegal migrants can be detained, and introduces a one-year prison sentence for entering France illegally.” The legislation, which has drawn criticism from other political parties and international NGOs like Human Rights Watch, will be debated by the Senate in June.