France’s new government wants to allow the expulsion of “any foreigner” who has committed serious crimes. “Currently, a foreigner who has committed serious crimes cannot be expelled if he meets certain conditions,” Interior Minister Gérard Darmanin quoted the newspaper Le Monde as saying in its online edition on Saturday. This includes immigrating to France under the age of 13.

According to Darmanin, the government wants every foreign criminal to be deported from the country in the future, “regardless of the conditions of his stay on national territory”. The Ministry of the Interior will include a corresponding regulation in a legislative package that is to be presented immediately after the summer break.

In order to get the bill through Parliament, the government camp is ready to discuss and “compromise” with conservative Republicans, the center camp “and even a party on the left,” Darmanin said.

In June, the center-electoral alliance of French President Emmanuel Macron suffered a setback in the parliamentary elections and lost the absolute majority. In order to implement its plans, the government camp now has to seek the support of other parties.