[Paris, November 4. Image via Getty]

POUR ILLUSTRER LES PAPIERS SUR L'IDENTITE NATIONALE - A person poses with her French national identity card in front of Paris' Statue de la République (Republic Statue) taken on November 4, 2009 trough a French flag. France's immigration minister Eric Besson said he was launching a debate on national identity, sparking protests from opposition Socialists who denounced the plan as a sign that 'France is sick'. Besson, who is also officially the minister for integration and national identity, said the debate would last two and a half months and would end with a colloquium on 'what it means to be French today.' AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)