Immigration Bill Goes Before Cabinet (France)

Immigration bill goes before cabinet

PARIS, July 4, 2007 (AFP) – The French government on Wednesday approved a new immigration bill intended to tighten the rules under which foreigners can join family-members in France.

The bill, which will go before parliament in September, stipulates that would-be immigrants pass a test on the French language and “values” carried out in their country of origin.

An immigrant who wishes to bring to France a wife or children will have to show he has the means to look after them properly, and parents will sign a contract with the state undertaking to integrate children into society.

Drawn up by Immigration Minister Brice Hortefeux, it is France's third immigration bill in four years.