French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has introduced new measures to make French citizenship more accessible after the government of former President Nicolas Sarkozy tightened naturalisation laws.
At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, he presented a decree reorganising the administration in charge of granting French citizenship.
“Regional platforms” will start processing the applications in eastern France next week on behalf of local offices in an attempt to curb what the government described as the “strong heterogeneity in the practices observed at the 186 processing sites nationwide and in the way applications were processed (duration, clearance rate).”
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