France speeds up citizenship of foreign fighters against virus

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LE PECQ, France (AP) – France will reward foreign healthcare workers and other frontline personnel who have distinguished themselves in the fight against COVID-19 by speeding up citizenship for those who want to become French. Instructions this week from the Home Office, seen by the Associated Press, ordered regional officials to prioritize naturalization applications from foreigners who have fought “with dedication and courage” against the epidemic that has caused nearly 31,000 dead in France. The circular indicates that eligible foreigners can be naturalized after only two years of residence in France, instead of the usual minimum of at least five years, because of the “important services” they have rendered. He specifically mentioned healthcare workers.

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