Despite protests, France deports nine Afghan illegals
Less than 24 hours after a suicide bomber killed 15 people in the Afghan capital Kabul, the French government deported nine illegal Afghan immigrants to the strife-torn city, French Immigration Minister Eric Besson said Wednesday, DPA reported.
The nine deportees had not applied for asylum in France, Besson said, adding that they had arrived safely at their destination early Wednesday.
The expulsion took place despite despite protests by non-governmental organizations and several French ministers.
On Wednesday, the junior minister for urban policy, Fadela Amara, told France Info radio, "I'm against the deportation of Afghans. This is not the France I love. I want them to stay until the war ends in their country."
The human-rights NGO Movement Against Racism (MRAP) charged that "sending these exiles back to this country will expose them to grave danger."
In November, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had also criticized the deportation of Afghans fleeing the conflict in their country.