Immigration Minister Eric Besson says France may consider revising current laws in order to strip an Algerian-born man accused of polygamy and defrauding France's social services of his French nationality.
French law could potentially be revised to strip polygamists of their acquired citizenship, Immigration Minister Eric Besson told French radio on Monday amid an escalating controversy over Islam, immigration and women's rights that has captured national headlines.
Lies Habbadj could lose his French citizenship
The immigration minister's comments on Monday followed a request byInterior Minister Brice Hortefeux to look into whether the woman’s husband, Lies Hebbadj, could be stripped of his French nationality.
Those allegations are yet to be proven, but on Monday Hebbadj defended himself at a press conference in Nantes, saying, "As far I know, mistresses are not banned by France or Islam. Maybe by Christianity, but not in France."
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But the immigration minister said he was ready to challenge the current law, insisting that “If French people say one cannot cheat in these areas… then under the arbitration of the president and the prime minister, we could consider changing the legislation.”
Date created : 2010-04-26