“I propose a considerable change requiring anyone wanting to come [live] in France to take a French language test before being admitted to France, including [people] coming to be reunited with family members. I don’t see how integration in our country is possible if people don’t speak our language and know that values of the Republic.”—France 2 television interview, April 24, 2012.
The “considerable change” is hardly one at all. The requirement Sarkozy proposed is already in the books as law per a 2008 decree and 2011 legislation covering virtually the same ground. Again, another attempt to grab as many of Marine Le Pen’s far-right voters as he can.