My theorem is at least consistent with how this Associated Press article ("France Races to Oust Illegal Immigrants," San Francisco Chronicle, 9/22/2007) begins:
"A Russian boy suffers head injuries after falling from a window while trying to elude police. A North African man slips from a window ledge and fractures his leg while fleeing officers. A Chinese woman lies in a coma after plunging from a window during a police check.
"As France races to deport 25,000 illegal immigrants by the end of the year â€” a quota set by President Nicolas Sarkozy â€” tensions are mounting and the crackdown is taking a toll."
Nevertheless, Sarkozy is quotable enough that he evidently forced reporter Elaine Ganley`s hand:
"`I want numbers,` Sarkozy reportedly told Brice Hortefeux, head of the Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Co-Development, which Sarkozy set up after taking office in May. `This is a campaign commitment. The French expect (action) on this.`"
Suddenly, in France, "campaign commitment" apparently means "campaign commitment." Contrast that with last fall`s hullaballoo here over the fence bill — whooped through Congress but almost forgotten now, and not because we actually have a fence in place.
I`ve saved the best for last:
"The president, who cultivated a tough-on-crime image while serving as Interior Minister, says France needs a new kind of immigrant â€” one who is `selected, not endured.`"
Selected, not endured. Imagine that! You could build a rational immigration policy, starting with just those three words.
But Sarkozy fleshed it out a bit, too:
"In a nationally televized interview Thursday, Sarkozy went further, saying he wants France to adopt immigration quotas by regions of the world and by occupation.
"`I want us to be able to establish each year, after a debate in parliament, a quota with a ceiling for the number of foreigners we accept on our territory,` he said. [Emphasis added]"
Of course, reporter Ganley couldn`t avoid a bit of stern editorializing, probably reflexive and unconscious (I`m serious!):
"European countries to the south, like Italy or Spain, face a greater challenge from illegal immigration than France â€” but neither has set themselves targets for throwing aliens out."