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Minister calls for delay in application of DNA test law

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2009-09-14

Warrants for the use of DNA tests in visa applications will not be signed, French Immigration Minister Eric Besson (pictured) told a radio station on Sunday. Evoking a lack of resources, the minister called for a delay in the law's implementation.

French Immigration Minister Eric Besson has announced he would refuse to sign any warrant requesting the use of DNA tests to confirm the biological parentage of candidates asking for residency in France under family reunification statutes. A law mandating such DNA tests was introduced by French lawmakers in 2007.

 

"I will not sign this decree for one simple reason. I am unable to apply the law in the timeframe that respects the spirit and letter of the law itself,” Besson told French radio station Europe 1 on Sunday.

 

He said that, although the DNA test law promised the confidentiality and security of the collected data, a lack of resources meant that the requirement could not be fulfilled.

 

"Our consulates are not equipped for these genetic tests,” said Besson, adding that there was a real risk of theft and forgery of candidate files.

 

Instead, Besson called for a delay of one or two years for the trial phase of the law. He added he had already informed French Prime Minister François Fillon of his decision.

Date created : 2009-09-13

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