A nurse has been denied French citizenship because her local prefecture ruled that she had been working too hard.
The Val-de-Marne prefecture in the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France, which is responsible for her application, denied her application for citizenship on the grounds that she is “failing to comply with the law” around working hours.
The nurse, whose nationality has not been made public, has a total of three jobs and clocks up 59 hours of work a week and an average of 271 hours a month, which is considered “a violation of working regulations in France”, according to French newspaper.
According to the French government she should only be working a maximum of 48 hours a week and “an average of 44 hours a week over a period of twelve consecutive days”.
A nurse has been denied French citizenship because her local prefecture ruled that she had been working too hard.
The prefecture also informed the nurse that her request has been postponed by two years as a result of her failure to meet the criteria for naturalisation.
The letter of refusal was shared by a friend of the nurse on Twitter (see below), with the authorities later confirming its authenticity to the French media.
The decision has sparked a wave of outrage on social media, with many Twitter users pointing out that working overtime is very common in French hospitals.
However the decision is not unusual, Sanjay Navy, a lawyer at the Lille Bar specialising in foreign law, told the French press.
“I have already seen similar cases. This decision is not isolated, although it is seen more for security guards as they often have multiple employers.”
The nurse is intending on appealing the decision to the Interior Ministry which will have four months to respond.
If the Interior Ministry does not respond positively, the nurse can then turn to the administrative court of Nantes. However this appeal could take up to two years.

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