So, President Sarkozy is seeking to deflect the rise of the newly revived Front Nationale by telling the French people that their are too many foreigners in France. What's more, if re-elected, he intends to bring down the number of new arrivals by half.
Except he can't. In fact, no premier in any of the EU's twenty-seven member states can promise such a thing. Because with EU membership comes that magical gift of open borders.
Seriously, it probably is a gift if you're a poor Romanian or Bulgarian or Pole. New labour markets are now instantly open to you, with a healthcare system, social security structure and financial opportunities that they couldn't dream of back home.
Not so good however, if you're an English youngster trying to get a foothold in the unskilled labour market in the midst of an economic collapse and recovery.
The Left can can jump up and down about this being racist or xenophobic all they like. But not being able to control who enters your country and more importantly, how many of them come, is utter madness. Labour and the Conservatives have both agreed that this is wrong but neither has presented any credible solution whatsoever when it comes to EU migrants. The UK has become saturated with low-skilled workers and our own young people are sitting on the dole queue as a result, as the politicians sit on their heads avoiding the elephant in the room.
Cameron knows that immigration is out of control. That's why he has trumpeted immigration controls. But all too often shoddy reporting and a dishonest turn of phrase from the Conservatives has misled the public. There is no controlling migrants from within the EU, as demonstrated by the government's utter failure in bringing numbers down thus far. In fact, the net migration into the UK is on the increase.
Sarkozy similarly has admitted that France has suffered from its current level of immigration. His best hope however is to follow the British Conservatives' line of seeking to talk of 'restricting immigration' without including the EU dimension of the story.
With Greece on the brink of economic destruction inside the Euro straight jacket with Italy, Spain and Portugal not that far behind, we may be about to see another huge wave of EU migration yet.