In Rennes this Monday, February 12, Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin reaffirmed his desire to remove land rights in Mayotte, the day after his visit there. He also returned to the violence that affected Rennes at the end of January and took stock of the actions taken against drug traffickers.
You have just returned from your 11th stay in Mayotte. We have the feeling that the more the months pass, the less the situation improves there. Violence is still very important…
At the heart of this absolutely magnificent archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the Mahorais are very attached to France. We must therefore help them, faced with the weight of irregular immigration coming from the Comoros, Madagascar or even Great Lakes Africa, particularly the Democratic Republic of Congo.
What are these migrants looking for in Mayotte?
Protection from poverty, Islamism, political destabilization and civil wars. But while we can help some, we can’t do it for everyone. In the maternity ward of Mamoudzou hospital, newborns who do not have French or regular parents are the majority. Firefighters deliver 900 parturients per year in illegal habitats. The irregular population is equivalent to the regular population. Very important measures must therefore be taken. We have already taken action. Obviously, more radical decisions are still necessary.
Decisions requested by the Mahorais themselves?
It is indeed the local population who are asking the State for an end to land rights and for firmness against irregular immigration. And even the local leader of France insoumise! It is therefore necessary for the fine Parisian minds, whom I have heard since Sunday criticizing this decision on land law, to leave the ring road… and go to Mayotte!
Will the end of land law really succeed in stopping illegal immigration?
This is a very important change in our law. It will allow…