France’s far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Sunday that dual nationality should be revoked following riots after Algeria’s last World Cup match, which she claimed showed the “failure” of French immigration policy.
Celebrations after Algeria’s historic qualification for the second round of the football World Cup on Thursday turned violent in some French cities, leading to the arrests of 74 people for rioting and looting.
National Front leader Le Pen said this showed “the total failure of immigration policies in our country and the refusal expressed by a number of binational citizens to assimilate.”
She suggested those holding dual nationality should support France in international tournaments and not their country of origin.
“Now we must put a stop to dual nationality,” she told a talkshow broadcase on French television and radio.
Algerians make up France’s largest immigrant group, with close to two million people, and many hold dual citizenship.