Al Jazeera: For French Muslims, citizenship is conditional

“The conditions for attaining citizenship and keeping it through birth and through naturalization are markedly different. Because those born with citizenship do not earn it, it is impossible to attach a moral value — and thus any condition — to it. “

“Unfortunately, that idea is familiar to France from its days as a colonial power. Despite claiming its colonies as outre-mer — France overseas — colonized populations were granted French citizenship only under special conditions, putting colonized subjects in a similar bind in which they were forcibly “civilized” but largely denied the final aspect of that civilizing mission: French citizenship.”

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