France's interior minister has said there is a possibility that immigrants, and even French-born citizens of foreign background, could have their nationality withdrawn. Brice Hortefeux says those involved with "serious wrongdoing" shouldn't be allowed to call themselves French.
This law does not seem to respect the universal declaration of human rights. According to article 15:
- Everyone has the right to a nationality
- No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality
I'm curious, for those of you with a background in international law:
- Would the French government be able to argue that such expulsion was not arbitrary, since other crimes are not punishable with exile?
- If a person has only one citizenship, wouldn't exiling them contravene their right to a nationality?
- Is France in any way legally bound to follow the declaration?