France drops test for naturalization

Oct. 18, 2012 at 3:39 PM

PARIS, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The French government on Thursday scrapped a multiple-choice French culture test for applicants for French citizenship, officials said.

The decision was part of a program to undo "discriminatory" measures introduced by former President Nicolas Sarkozy's government, Radio France Internationale reported.

The test was widely protested by rights groups after it was introduced by former Interior Minister Claude Gueant.

"You don't become French by answering multiple choice questions and I reject the idea that only those with permanent employment contracts can become French," current Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday.

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