France's Juppe, arts elite clash
February 17, 1997
Web posted at: 4:33 p.m. EDT (1633 GMT)
PARIS (CNN) -- French Prime Minister Alain Juppe locked horns
with France's artistic and intellectual elite Monday over an
immigration bill under consideration by parliament. More
than 3,000 filmmakers, actors, writers and academics have
urged civil disobedience over the draft bill sanctioned by
the center-right government, which they say mirrors the ideas
of the far-right, anti-immigration National Front.
Juppe ruled out any softening of the bill, which requires
French citizens to take responsibility for their
international guests during their stay in France and declare
when the visitors leave.
The head of France's Communist party urged leftist parties to
back the intellectuals, saying the government was trying to
encourage informing in a move reminiscent of collaboration
with Nazi Germany during World War II.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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