The novelist Leïla Slimani, personal representative of Emmanuel Macron for the Francophonie, regretted the fact that the president did not defend "with more force and coldness" the undocumented during an exchange with a veteran this week, in a forum published Saturday Le Monde.
On 6 November in Verdun, a veteran asked the head of state "when will you remove irregularities from our country?" And the latter told him that those entitled to asylum would be welcomed but that "Those who can live freely in their country must be renewed", recalls the Franco-Moroccan author.
"It seems to me that Emmanuel Macron could have defended with more force and coldness those whom this man dreams of putting out.It could have answered dryly that we are not talking about people summing up the term + undocumented +", laments the intellectual price Goncourt 2016 .
"He could have told you, since we have to defend" complex thinking ", that immigration is such a complex issue because it is human, painful, existential," he says.
"This veteran, I know him, or rather, I recognize that bitter voice, that sour tone, that haughty way of spitting out the syllables when he says + undocumented + All the metrics of France will tell you that all the Arabs, the blacks, the ones without or with the documents will confirm it: these observations are more and more current ", regrets the novelist.
Emmanuel Macron appointed Leila Slimani in November 2017 as his "personal representative" for the French-speaking world. During the campaign he publicly asked to vote for him during the two rounds.