France Grants Naturalization to about 12,000 Foreign Frontline Workers

France announced on Thursday that it has granted naturalization for 12,012 foreign workers who worked for the country’s front line amid the pandemic health crisis.

Marlène Schiappa, the Minister Delegate for Citizenship, announced the citizenship admissions for the frontline workers who are essential to mobilize in the country despite the ongoing pandemic.

“The Republic is honored to welcome these new French people who have shown so much determination and dedication to serve their compatriots,” the interior ministry said in a statement.

The government has also decided to reduce the country’s residency requirement for foreign workers from five to two years to help speed up their application process for French nationality.

“These frontline workers have responded to the nation. It is normal for the nation to take a step towards them,” Schiappa said. “I would like to welcome our new compatriots to French nationality and say thank you on behalf of the Republic: the country has also held out thanks to them!”

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