France’s National Assembly passed a controversial immigration law that has exposed various provisions regarding turn down economic migrants.
Exposing unprecedented divisions in president Emmanuel Macron’s young centrist party, the law approved by in a vote of 228 in favour, 139 against and 24 abstentions after 61 hours of debate.
It passed largely with the support of Mr Macron’s Republic On The Move (LREM) party.
But one LREM deputy, Jean-Michel Clement, rebelled and announced that he was quitting the president’s party after casting a no vote on the proposed law.
Opposition to the measure was found across the political spectrum with politicians of the right and left parties voting against it, as well as the far-right National Front.
The lower-house of the French parliament was supposed to vote on the bill Friday but the fractious debate stretched into the weekend due to more than 1,000 amendments proposed by deputies.
More than 200 of the changes were suggested by LREM members as Mr Macron’s own politicians openly challenged his plans to double the maximum time migrants can be held in detention to 90 days.
The government had defended the bill as balanced but it has been criticised by right-wingers for being too soft and by left-wingers who see it as repressive.
Interior minister Gerard Collomb said it aims for “better controlled” immigration, halving the waiting time for asylum applications to six months while also making it easier to deport those turned down as “economic” migrants.