Legionnaires who 'spilled blood' get citizenship

12th July 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 12 (AFP) - Two Portuguese and Ukrainian members of the French Foreign Legion who "spilled their blood for France" in peace-keeping operations in Ivory Coast will receive French citizenship as part of Thursday's Bastille Day celebrations, the defence ministry announced Tuesday.

PARIS, July 12 (AFP) - Two Portuguese and Ukrainian members of the French Foreign Legion who "spilled their blood for France" in peace-keeping operations in Ivory Coast will receive French citizenship as part of Thursday's Bastille Day celebrations, the defence ministry announced Tuesday.

Warrant Officer Joao Ribeiro de Almeida, 37, and Lance Corporal Andrly Vyakhirev, 27, were wounded in January 2003 in clashes in the western Ivory Coast town of Duekoue.

Foreign soldiers wounded in action for France earn the automatic right to citizenship "by the right of spilled blood," the ministry said.

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