NY Times on French Citizenship

Today’s Times has an interesting piece on a woman denied French citizenship because she wears a veil. The Council of State deemed her insufficiently assimilated into French culture, even though her husband and children are French citizens. Later this year Duke will publish a translation of Patrick Weil’s landmark history of French citizenship, How to Be French: Nationality in the Making since 1789. Weil was a member of France’s Governmental Advisory Council on Integration
from 1996 to 2002, and a member of the Presidential Commission created
by President Jacques Chirac on the “implementation of the principle of
secularism within the French Republic” in 2003. Weil argues that France has changed its nationality laws more often and more significantly than any other modern democratic nation.and that gender inequities have been built into its citizenship process for centuries.

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