French interior minister rules out change of dual nationality law

08:42, July 08, 2011      

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French Interior Minister Claude Gueant said Thursday morning that he had "no intention at all" to change the current French law that permitting dual nationality though there are calls from opposition to do otherwise.

"In my opinion it (the dual nationality) is not a issue because the dual nationality have no choice. They are bi-national because of state legislation and some problem of reality, there are conditions under which you have the French nationality," Gueant was quoted by RMC and BFM television channel.

Meanwhile, the minister also noted the immigration problem, saying he would demand French prefects to be "more vigilant on the criteria" for obtaining citizenship and warned against the excesses use of "family reunification" as well as "the abuse of social benefit."

Last month, the leader of France's far-right Front National party, Marine Le Pen, launched a campaign to ban dual citizenship in France, blaming the law on indulging immigration and weakening French values.

Also on Thursday, the general secretary of French ruling party UMP, Jean-Francois Cope said he didn't oppose dual citizenship in France, but against the voting right of foreigners.

In early June, the UMP leader said his party would like to bring up a debate on the issue in July, at least to offer outlets to different views.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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