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>> French President Emmanuel Macron is proposing tough new asylum laws that are proving divisive. Not only sparking protests but also testing the unity of his parliamentary majority, formed of left and right-wing lawmakers. Macron's bill would double the time illegal migrants can be detained to 90 days and make illegally crossing a border punishable by jail.
] slash the asylum process from a year to six months, unsuccessful applicants would have to leave immediately. Reuters' Julie Caria in Paris says rights groups are up in arms.>> They argue that this is a sharp reversal in the rights of migrants that is contrary to French tradition of welcoming refugees.
They argue that by shortening the asylum process the government is actually infringing on the rights of migrants. Since he defeated far right candidate Marine Le Pen last year, Macron's become used to glowing international tributes. But this bill has become a lightning rod for growing criticism at home. Interior Minister Gerard Collomb insists though that the law is fair and balanced and says he's confident it'll pass.
> So Macron's left and right majority has started to be divided along those left-right lines because of this law. But at the same time, even those voicing a concern are likely to vote for it, save for a few minor changes.>> And the bill might prove popular with voters, last year a record 100,000 asylum requests were filed.
Polls show French people are torn between supporting the rights of migrants but believing there are too many of them.