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In his first major speech on the subject of immigration, French President François Hollande blasted the scaremongers "who dream of a smaller, more spiteful France". He also insisted Europe would go backwards if countries closed their borders.

The French president risked riling those on the right in France when he gave an impassioned defence of the impact of immigration on the country in his first speech on the subject since being elected in 2012.

As he inaugurated France's Museum of the history of Immigration in Paris on Monday, Hollande said: "French society must be represented by all the colours of France."


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