Paris (Nov. 7)
Jewish refugees from Germany and from the Saar region may find it difficult in the future to enter France, as a result of a movement which was proclaimed here today to close the frontiers of France to political refugees and also to oust foreigners from the country.
The movement is explained as being a reaction to the assassination of King Alexander of Yugoslavia and the ease with which his killers entered France. In reality it is, however, a widespread anti-foreign drive of the greatest magnitude.
CLAIM ENTRY ILLEGAL
The advocates of anti-foreign laws point out that thousands of German Jewish refugees have been admitted to France during the past year without visas, and in many cases even without passports. The critics of the government contend that many of the refugees cross the border illegally. They claim that the government’s laxity will bring a new flood of refugees into France next year and will complicate the existing unemployment conditions.
There are approximately 35,000 German Jewish refugees living in France, the leaders of the anti-foreign drive estimate. The drive is directed not as much against the Jewish exiles from Germany as against all the foreigners residing in France.
500,000 ARE AFFECTED
Paris, alone, has close to half a million foreigners who would be vitally affected if the projected anti-foreign laws were promulgated. The sponsors of the anti-foreign movement argue that many aliens are holding jobs in France while Frenchmen are unemployed.
Aliens who make their residence in France have often proven to be an embarrassment to the government owing to their political intrigues, advocates of restrictive policies declare. They also say that border patrols are altogether inadequate as is the system of surveillance over foreigners in the country.
The large number of foreigners in France is due to the huge French losses in the World War. After the war it was found necessary to import hundreds of thousands of laborers to work in industry.