French media report that, in the first six months of this year, just 22 Algerians were expelled from French territory, although 7,731 visa requests were rejected. For Morocco, there were 80 expulsions despite 3,301 failed visa requests, and for Tunisia it was 131 expulsions to 3,424 failed visa applications.

Immigration is set to be a key issue in next year's French presidential election.

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