28 African World War 2 Veterans Given French Citizenship

28 African World War 2 Veterans Given French Citizenship

Twenty-eight Africans, aged between 78 and 90, who fought for France in WWII and other conflicts have been made French citizens by French President Francois Hollande who said that France owed them “a debt of blood”.

The veterans have long struggled for equality and recognition in France having received restricted access to certain benefits, and lower pensions than their French counterparts until as recently as 2010.

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Campaigners, including the granddaughter of a Senegalese soldier, Aissatou Seck,  have long been calling for the rights of the veterans, long-term French residents, to be recognized. More naturalization ceremonies are expected to follow for other veterans in the country.

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