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Migrant told: You work too hard to be French citizen


AN IMMIGRANT’S application for French citizenship has been rejected — because she works too hard.

The nurse, who made the request 18 years after arriving from Lebanon, had broken the rules by taking on too many shifts.

She was turned down by officials in Val-de-Marne, near Paris, who stated that she was ‘in breach of working time regulations’.

The official letter — widely shared on social media — states that, on top of her job at Créteil hospital (pictured) in south-east Paris, the nurse also picked up a monthly average of 119 hours of shift work in two other clinics.

‘You thus accumulated three jobs for a monthly duration of 271 working hours,’ it says.

French law stipulates that employees cannot work more than 48 hours in one week or a weekly average of 44 hours during a 12-week period.

‘I didn’t know about this law, otherwise I’d have done everything possible to reduce the number of hours,’ the woman, 45, told Le Parisien.

She said she never exceeded 53 hours a week, although accepted that even this was too much for France, where the standard working week is 35 hours.

The decision was widely condemned, with MP Jean-Christophe Lagarde writing on Twitter: ‘In our country, the staunchest racists say foreigners do not work. But the state can do that?’ Dr Jerome Marty tweeted: ‘I work 60 to 70 hours a week… take my nationality away.’

The department processing her application said its decision had been postponed for two years ‘to give her time to comply with the legislation’.