Warrants for the use of DNA tests in visa applications will not be signed, French Immigration Minister Eric Besson has told a radio station. Evoking a lack of resources, the minister called for the delay of the law’s implementation.
French Immigration Minister Eric Besson has announced he would refuse to sign any warrant requesting the use of DNA tests to confirm the biological parentage of candidates asking for residency in France under family reunification statutes. A law mandating such DNA tests was introduced by French lawmakers in 2007.
“I will not sign this decree for one simple reason. I am unable to apply the law in the timeframe that respects the spirit and letter of the law itself,” said Besson to the French radio station Europe 1 on Sunday.
He evoked that the DNA test law promised the confidentiality and security of the collected data, and insisted that the resources of French diplomatic system did could not fulfil that requirement.
“Our consulates are not equipped for these genetic tests,” said Besson, adding that the risk of theft and forgery of candidate files was real.
Instead, Besson called for a delay of one or two years for the trial phase of the law. He said he had already informed French Prime Minister François Fillon of his decision.