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Country Profiles


Country Reports PDF

Report on Citizenship Law[pdf] by Bertossi, Christophe - Hajjat, Abdellali

Published: May 2012 - Latest Update: January 2013

Report on Naturalisation Procedures[pdf] by Hajjat, Abdellali

Published: February 2013

Report on Electoral Rights[pdf] by Arrighi, Jean-Thomas

Handbook on Access to Citizenship and its Impact on Immigrant Integration [English][pdf]

Handbook on Access to Citizenship and its Impact on Immigrant Integration [French][pdf]

Country expert(s)

Arrighi, Jean-Thomas

Bertossi, Christophe

Hajjat, Abdellali

Current citizenship law

Civil Code (Book I, Title I bis of French Nationality) (as amended by Act no 2006-399 of 4 April 2006) LANGUAGE: uk


Code civil (Livre Ier, Titre Ier bis: De la nationalité française) (current consolidated French version)[external link] LANGUAGE: France


Please note: the English translation of the Civil Code available above does not include amendments enacted after 2006. Please consult the French version for an external link to the most recent consolidated version.


Chronological table

Chronology of legislation


Translations and a brief discussion of the use of the terms "citizenship" and "nationality" in legal documents and political debates

International Law

Treaties and conventions signed, ratified and reservations

Domestic case law France domestic case law
International and European case law France International and European case law
Citizenship statistics

France Statistics

Citizenship News

Hollande drops plans to revoke citizenship of terrorism suspects

French National Consultative Commission for Human Rights objects security-based deprivation of nationality

French minister resigns over proposal to strip terrorism suspects of citizenship

Citizenship Links

Selections of links about citizenship

All links about citizenship