"We can no longer manage to find them accommodation, a job, a school."
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said on live TV, that there are "too many foreigners in France'' for the system of national integration to work.
"Our system of integration is working more and more badly, because we have too many foreigners on our territory and we can no longer manage to find them accommodation, a job, a school," he said in a television debate.
The President has pledged, if re-elected, to halve the number of new arrivals legally accepted every year by means of tougher residency qualifications.
"Over the five-year term I think that to restart the process of integration in good conditions, we must divide by two the number of people we welcome, that's to say to pass from 180,000 per year to 100,000," said the head of the Elysée.
Mr Sarkozy also announced new plans to limit some welfare benefit payments currently available to immigrant workers to those who have enjoyed residency for 10 years and have worked for five of those.