Keyword: citizenship

French MPs narrowly back move to strip convicted terrorists of nationality

French lower house approves by a margin of 14 votes the measure to be written into the constitution and which has divided ruling socialist camp.

The French have 'lost their happiness’ says Gérard Depardieu

Actor who quit France for Russia after a tax row with authorities says his native country is simply 'not interesting anymore'.

European citizenship for sale - only the wealthy need apply

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While the European Union is placing increased resources into blocking clandestine immigration to the continent, its member states, notably those of the south, worst-hit by the financial crisis, are mounting schemes to sell residency rights and even citizenship to wealthy non-EU foreigners in an attempt to attract millions of euros into state coffers. To qualify for most of the schemes it suffices to buy into luxury property, a deal which is notably attracting Russian, Chinese and Middle East investors. The European Commission, meanwhile, says it has no say in the cynical and apparently legal business of selling European citizenship. Ludovic Lamant reports.

French citizenship to become more accessible

Government to ease language skills requirements and streamline paperwork for granting citizenship to reverse fall in number of naturalisations.

Putin grants tax-exile Depardieu Russian nationality

The actor, who recently announced he was moving to Belgium to flee French taxes, is offered Russian citizenship in a decree by President Putin.

France eases conditions for citizenship

French interior minister Manuel Valls announces scrapping plans to make would-be citizens pass a multiple-choice history and culture test.