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French Court Throws Out Large Parts of Hard-Line Anti-Immigrant Bill

HeadlineJan 26, 2024

France’s top court ruled that large parts of a new, highly contested immigration bill were unconstitutional. The court threw out nearly half of the 80 measures in the legislation, including restrictions on access to welfare benefits for noncitizens and the denial of citizenship for children born in France. Immigrant rights activists and their allies took to the streets to welcome the move and vowed to keep fighting.

Mariama Sidibe: “We are asking to be equal with others. We are simple. And it’s simple, what we’re asking for. We want residency. We want to live with dignity in this country. The French are leaving here. They’re going to our countries. We want freedom. That’s it. Freedom, equality, fraternity.”

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