France broadly backs EU plan amid growing opposition to immigration

By Elizabeth Pineau and Mark John PARIS (Reuters) – France gave broad backing on Wednesday to an EU scheme to share out asylum-seekers among EU states to deal with a surge of migrants, after a week of ambiguity that reflected growing public opposition to immigration. French diplomats acknowledged there had been confusion between Paris and Brussels on the project, but officials dismissed media reports that Paris opposed the plan outright. The episode is the latest to underline growing sensitivities in the European Union as anti-immigrant movements such as France’s National Front win support just as the continent sees a surge in migrants fleeing strife in Africa and the Middle East.

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