The 1993 Méhaignerie Law required children born in France of foreign parents to request French nationality at adulthood, rather than being automatically accorded citizenship. This "manifestation of will" requirement was subsequently abrogated by the Guigou Law of 1998, but children born in France of foreign parents remain foreign until obtaining legal majority.
Children born in France to tourists or short-term visitors do not acquire French citizenship by virtue of birth in France: residency must be proven. Since immigration became increasingly a political theme in the 1980s, albeit accompanied by a lower immigration rate (see Demographics in France), both left-wing and right-wing governments have issued several laws restricting the possibilities of being naturalized.
France has announced a controversial plan to amend the constitution to restrict citizenship to people born to immigrants in the overseas territory of Mayotte in a move aimed at curbing immigration to the Indian Ocean islands.
... announced by the minister and applicable only to Mayotte, scraps birthright citizenship \u2014 it \u201cwill no longer be possible to become French if you are not the child of a French parent\u201d.
On Sunday, French authorities announced a plan to amend the Constitution to revoke birthplace citizenship on the French Indian Ocean island of Mayotte... unless they are the children of a French parent.
"French citizenship will not be granted to Mayotte residents unless they are children of French parents," said Darmanin, claiming that this will help solve the migration problem on the island, which ...
The law requires presidential candidates to hold Senegalese citizenship and none other ... On 16 January, days before the final candidate list was released, France formally stripped Wade of his French citizenship.