French President Emmanuel Macron hands over a Welcome to French Citizenship booklet to a new French citizen during a ceremony in Paris on September 4. The Interior Ministry on September 15 ordered regional officials to prioritise naturalisation requests from foreigners who “actively participated in the coronavirus effort”. Photo: ReutersFrench President Emmanuel Macron hands over a Welcome to French Citizenship booklet to a new French citizen during a ceremony in Paris on September 4. The Interior Ministry on September 15 ordered regional officials to prioritise naturalisation requests from foreigners who “actively participated in the coronavirus effort”. Photo: Reuters
French President Emmanuel Macron hands over a Welcome to French Citizenship booklet to a new French citizen during a ceremony in Paris on September 4. The Interior Ministry on September 15 ordered regional officials to prioritise naturalisation requests from foreigners who “actively participated in the coronavirus effort”. Photo: Reuters

France rewards foreigners helping in fight against coronavirus with fast-tracked citizenship

  • Interior Ministry ordered regional officials to prioritise naturalisation requests from foreigners who ‘actively participated in the national effort’
  • Foreigners who are eligible can be naturalised after just two years of residency in France, instead of the usual minimum of five years

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
French President Emmanuel Macron hands over a Welcome to French Citizenship booklet to a new French citizen during a ceremony in Paris on September 4. The Interior Ministry on September 15 ordered regional officials to prioritise naturalisation requests from foreigners who “actively participated in the coronavirus effort”. Photo: ReutersFrench President Emmanuel Macron hands over a Welcome to French Citizenship booklet to a new French citizen during a ceremony in Paris on September 4. The Interior Ministry on September 15 ordered regional officials to prioritise naturalisation requests from foreigners who “actively participated in the coronavirus effort”. Photo: Reuters
French President Emmanuel Macron hands over a Welcome to French Citizenship booklet to a new French citizen during a ceremony in Paris on September 4. The Interior Ministry on September 15 ordered regional officials to prioritise naturalisation requests from foreigners who “actively participated in the coronavirus effort”. Photo: Reuters
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