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France gives front line coronavirus workers citizenship

Christian Fernsby |
Hundreds of foreigners in France whose jobs expose them to high coronavirus risks will be naturalized quickly for their commitment during the health crisis, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

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Topics: FRANCE   

Of the nearly 3,000 people who responded, 74 had already obtained citizenship and 693 more were in the final stage of the process, the office of Marlene Schiappa, junior minister for citizenship, said in a statement.

“Health professionals, cleaning ladies, childcare workers, checkout staff: They all proved their commitment to the nation, and it is now the turn of the republic to take a step towards them,” it said.

Additionally, immigration authorities have been ordered to reduce the residency period needed for citizenship to two years from the usual five in the case of “great services rendered.”