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RESIDENCY PERMITS

Tell us: Should a French language test be compulsory for long-term residents?

The French government has announced proposals to introduce a language test in order to obtain certain types of long-term residency permits.

Tell us: Should a French language test be compulsory for long-term residents?
French tests could be required for residents. Photo by Fred TANNEAU / AFP

Details of the proposal, announced earlier this week by Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, are still quite vague – here’s what we know so far.

But do you agree with the basic principle of language tests as a condition for long-term residency? Or do you think they are unfair and discriminatory against certain groups?

We want to hear your views.

Member comments

  1. In fact, there is already a language test required for a 10 year carte de sejour (at least it was required in 2021 when I applied). A level of A2 overall (in 4 categories) is needed on a test given in specific testing centers.
    I never asked myself the question if it was reasonable but in my opinion it just makes sense to have some basic knowledge of the language spoken in the country where one plans to live for some time.
    Maybe the cost of the test could be reconsidered as it may not be affordable for everyone.

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