In case you hadn't heard, the French Sarkozy Government is forcing the issue of national identity into the forefront.
Who is French? How French should one be if they are to be considered French?
Could I see your papers, please?
How about your parents and grandparents?
People who were born in France of naturalized French citizens are now being made to supply proof of their parents identity before their identity papers can be renewed.
With out your national identity card, you cannot apply or hold a French passport. You are subject to deportation if it is deemed desireable.
On todays news and on the front page of Liberation, there were tragic stories of people who had lived here their entire lives, held national identity cards and passports and suddenly found that they coud not renew them and that perhaps, in the eyes of a zealous bureaucrat, they had never really been French!Of course, this was more apt to happen if you were dark skinned or of Northern African Origin, or had a non western family name. This is totally new, the wording on the form you must use to renew your card has suddenly changed. But, please, don't get too upset. It's not like this was Germany. It's France.