Emmanuel Macron's French government wants to expel more failed asylum seekers and do it at a faster pace, which has prompted fury among rights groups and could cause a split in the president's own party as a tough new bill on immigration is being thrashed out.

France's Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has been criticised for taking a hard line on asylum seekers, with rights groups saying his actions represent a worrying shift in policy from the French government as it prepares its controversial "asylum and immigration" bill.

Collomb has come under fire for sending circulars to immigration authorities urging them "to act quickly" to expel migrants in an "irregular situation" and to create a census of the people living in France's emergency shelters.

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