15 June 2010

A veil, a traffic ticket and deep unease in France over Muslims

.... He pledged to continue seeking a legal way to strip people such as Hebbadj of French nationality if they live in what he called “de facto polygamy.” A report from the National Consultative Human Rights Commission estimated in 2006 that from 16,000 to 20,000 families, chiefly immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa, live in such arrangements.

“This is not a taboo question,” Hortefeux said at a televised news conference. “If a foreigner acquires nationality thanks to his marriage with a French woman, and, in the years that follow, he lives in a situation of de facto polygamy while abusing the social welfare system, is it normal for him to keep his French nationality? My response is no.” [Peninsula News Paper] Read more [via National Secular Society]