Immigration bill goes before cabinet

4th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 4, 2007 (AFP) - The French government on Wednesday approved a new immigration bill intended to tighten the rules under which foreigners can join family-members in France.

PARIS, July 4, 2007 (AFP) - The French government on Wednesday approved a new immigration bill intended to tighten the rules under which foreigners can join family-members in France.

The bill, which will go before parliament in September, stipulates that would-be immigrants pass a test on the French language and "values" carried out in their country of origin.

An immigrant who wishes to bring to France a wife or children will have to show he has the means to look after them properly, and parents will sign a contract with the state undertaking to integrate children into society.

Drawn up by Immigration Minister Brice Hortefeux, it is France's third immigration bill in four years.

President Nicolas Sarkozy, who put through two previous laws as interior minister, has said he wants to control immigration in order to promote integration.

The bill also brings France into line with European law by giving asylum-seekers the right to stay in France when they appeal against a negative ruling.


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