France to Make It Easier to Become French

France 24, October 18, 2012

France’s Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced on Thursday that the government will make it easier for foreigners to become French citizens. Valls argued, “French nationality should not be sold-off or reserved for the elite.”

France is to take steps to make it easier for foreign citizens living in the country to gain French nationality, Interior Minister Manuel Valls announced on Thursday.

As one of a number of measures aimed at increasing the number of naturalised French citizens, the Socialist government is to scrap plans to make would-be citizens pass a multiple-choice history and culture test.

“You don’t become French by answering multiple choice questions,” said Valls, who is a naturalised French citizen of Spanish origin.

The controversial multiple-choice test was the brainchild of the previous right-wing government and was designed to help tackle the problem of some immigrants failing to adapt to French life. The exam would have been introduced in July this year if former president Nicolas Sarkozy had been re-elected.

But the interior minister’s decision on Thursday means it will never see the light of day.

Employment equals citizenship?

The government will also lift a restriction that requires new citizens to have the notoriously hard to come by French permanent employment contract (with which it is very difficult for an employer to fire an employee) before they can obtain French nationality; thus those with temporary job contracts will now be able to apply.

“I reject the idea that only those with permanent employment contracts can become French,” the interior minister—who is nicknamed the “Sarkozy of the left”—added.

In 2010, 120,000 people became naturalized French citizens but numbers earning citizenship fell by more than 30 percent in 2011/12. Valls wants to reverse that trend.

“French nationality should not be sold-off or reserved for the elite. It is what drives our sense of belonging to France,” Valls added.

Valls, was however insistent that relatively tough requirements over an applicants French language ability will remain in place.

The minister also stressed that candidates must support the core values of the French republic, including the beliefs in secularity and solidarity as well as liberty, egality and fraternity.

“Naturalisation has to remain the natural conclusion of a successful integration,” he said.

Some immigrant rights groups want the French government to go further.

“Naturalisation of citizens is not the only way we can help integration in France,” Sarah Belaïsch from the organisation Cimade told FRANCE 24. “It is also essential to provide all foreigners with some stability and this can be done by giving them all the right to remain in France legally.”

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  • Puggg

    “You don’t become French by answering multiple choice questions,” said
    Valls, who is a naturalised French citizen of Spanish origin.

    He’s right.  You become French by being born of two French parents.

    • Formerly_Known_as_Whiteplight

       I’ll help; two genetically, ethnically, Gallic Franks.

      • wow.. talk about racist…

  • “You don’t become French by answering multiple choice questions,” said
    Valls, who is a naturalised French citizen of Spanish origin.”

    100% correct, you get it by being a muslim or an african claiming refugee status from the horrors of your OWN people!  You become French by speaking arabic and praising Allah.  You become French by assaulting NATIVE White Frenchmen and rioting when you are not pampered by the government.

  • Stentorian_Commentator

    Not reserving French citizenship for an elite?  OK, how about reserving it for the French?

  • NorthernWind

    Good job on electing a the socialist president France, really great move.

    Chaos lies in Europe’s future. They continue to ignore the impending disaster but no matter what they do now, it’s coming. You cannot postpone the ethnic war and economic collapse forever. In my opinion it cannot come soon enough because we need all the lies to be exposed and the European peoples to become furious.

  • SarahConnor

    Maybe we could exchange our Muslims for all of the native French people. Let France go Muslim (which it will anyway) and keep Muslims out of the U.S.  I know, I know- it is a pipe dream– I just keep having to actually write things that make sense since now everything I read makes no sense.

    Off topic but for example just yesterday read an NYT article saying being a mother is not a job, it is just a relationship, it’s a choice and a really really bad one for women. WTF? It was the best job I ever did as well as the hardest and most rewarding!

    • IstvanIN

       But grandparent is the most fun!

      • The__Bobster

        Because you can hand them back when you’re done with them.

    • anonymous_amren

      It’s not a job. You are just a brainwashed feminist.

      BTW, all the evidence shows that what parents do has very little influence on their children, and it’s almost all genetic.

      I do endorse the idea of deporting all Muslims, but I’m not prepared to sacrifice France.

  • Jed Sant Devi

    If you ever by accident come across the most degrading evil thing on the Internet (black on White porn), you will be horrorfied, but enlightened, to see the future of the West. What can you teach your daughter to save them from that dreaded fate?

    But something funny is happening in the J-word community.  J-word girls are never supposed to be disgusting or embarrass the Chosen of God, but Sarah Silverman (not porn, but disgusting nonetheless) evidently gets so rich from being wicked, that even her dad defends her agaisnt leading J-words.   We always enjoy intra tribal warfare.

    Sarah Silverman’s dad takes down critical rabbi: ‘You don’t f– with my family’

  • According to the Liberals the worlds entire black and muslim population can become French.

  • You don’t become French, you either are or you’re not.

    To make an analogy , A cat can not become a dog.

  • France already has among the most liberal citizenship laws in Europe. Historically France has always had liberal citizenship laws. What do they want to do now, give them citizenship just as soon as they land in Charles de Gaulle airport?

  • I’ll be damned.  I’m an American, and I just received an Irish passport in the mail because I was able to prove that my Grandfather was born and raised in Killarney.  Does this mean as a European citizen, I can now apply for French citizenship, too?

  • KenelmDigby

    This current French socialist government has the makings of a disaster written all over it.

  • Third world immgration is dangerous and costly and thus should be outlawed in France and everywhere else.

  • anonymous_amren

    If you don’t want to live with Koreans, why should Canadians have to?

  • Tired

     The French won’t be a non-white people, they simply won’t be. If things continue, the future inhabitants of France will be nothing but a bunch of non-white barbarians calling themselves “French” and living in the decaying shell left by the real French.

  • Sounds like another nightmarish Dream Act …quelle horreur!

  •  Catalans have a reputation for being self-absorbed a-holes. And I should know, because I have some of that ancestry myself.

  • before we were european, we were all dark skinned… fight a better fight. don’t fight color — fight ignorance.

    — white as white