Contested French immigration bill passes hurdle

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Posted: Oct 12, 2010 2:50 PM
Contested French immigration bill passes hurdle

France's lower house of parliament has passed an immigration bill that would strip naturalized citizens of their citizenship if convicted of murdering a police officer, judge or other representative of the state.

Critics say the plan will make second-class citizens of immigrants who obtain French nationality. It would revoke citizenship from people naturalized less than 10 years ago if they are convicted of murdering police or other authorities.

The conservative government's bill passed its first hurdle in parliament Tuesday with 294 votes for and 239 against. The bill must now go before the Senate.