French citizenship to become “more accessible”

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has introduced new measures to make French citizenship more accessible after the government of former President Nicolas Sarkozy tightened naturalisation laws.

Another decree expected later this week will remove language tests for graduates of French-speaking universities and over 60s, and allow applicants who failed the written test a second-chance interview in French. “I can only welcome measures that facilitate the naturalisation process for people who have been here for a very long time and are the backbone of their family – I’m thinking of immigrant women who have been rejected because they do not speak the language,” said Pierre Henry, executive director of France Terre d’Asile. His organisation lobbies for migrants’ rights.

Well, to judge by riots, car burnings and unpoliced areas, they seem to be a grand job of integration so far…