France refuses nationality to US-born surrogate twins

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France's highest court on Wednesday ruled that children born to surrogate mothers abroad should not be given French nationality.

The court upheld a lower court's ruling in a case taken by Sylvie and Dominique Mennesson, the parents of twin girls born in 2000 to a surrogate mother in California.

The previous ruling stated that the twins could not be listed on France's civil register, a procedure required here to acquire passports or identity cards.

Surrogacy is not recognised by the French state.

The couple said after the ruling that they were "devastated" and that "once again the rights of our children have not been respected."

© 2011 AFP

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  • Anonymot posted:

    on 7th April 2011, 08:50:14 - Reply

    The idea that anything and everything goes is not yet French. France is not yet America. That's one good reason to live here.