French traveller ID law ruled ‘discriminatory’

France's Constitutional Court Friday scrapped a law requiring members of travelling communities to update papers they are required to carry every three months, ruling it was discriminatory.

The court also lifted another clause in the 1969 law that granted voting rights to travellers only if they lived in the same place for three years, reducing the qualifying period to six months.

It however upheld a requirement for people with no fixed address to be in possession of another identity document which has to be renewed annually.

The court said the old law on travel documents was in effect a "disproportionate attack on the exercise of freedom of movement" and "contrary to the principle of equality."

Among the people that will benefit from the change in the legislation are fair and circus workers.


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