France relaxes stance on immigration

New government makes it easier for immigrants to become citizens, but not everyone is pleased with new rules.

    In 2010, about 116,000 foreigners were granted French citizenship, but in 2011 that figure fell by almost 30 per cent to 87,000.

    A more relaxed system under the country's new socialist government should reverse the decline and encourage many more to apply for a passport, but this is something the opposition is fighting hard to stop.

    Whatever their reason for wanting French nationality, immigrants will still have to navigate a maze of bureaucracy.

    Al Jazeera's Charlie Angela reports from Paris.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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