Category Archives: French citizenship

An irony of the Algerian War

Its conclusion, Dalrymple notes,

benefited the French population as a whole more than the Algerian population as a whole. It saved France without saving Algeria. Had Algeria remained French, full rights as French citizens would almost certainly have had to be granted to Algerians, including the right to live in metropolitan France. They were 9m at the time of independence, but they are 39m now; and whatever problems France may now have with its population of North African origin, they are tiny by comparison with what they might have been if there had been absolutely free movement between the countries.

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They tremble in Molenbeek

Lucid: Eric Delbecque

Lucid: Eric Delbecque

Picking up a copy of the Paris newspaper the Monde, Dalrymple comes across a lucid article by Eric Delbecque, who is described as head of the pôle intelligence stratégique de Sifaris and a member of the conseil scientifique du Conseil supérieur de la formation et de la recherche stratégiques.

Dalrymple draws attention to the following passage in Delbecque’s article:

Témoigner de notre soutien sans faille à la Belgique et demeurer lucide dans ce combat de long terme sont nos priorités. Notre arme? Changer enfin de posture mentale dans la lutte antiterroriste et penser autrement: vaste programme.

Dalrymple comments:

So now you know. I bet they’re terrified down in Molenbeek. Henceforth the infidels are going to think differently. From now on they’re going to be lucid. If we don’t look out, they’ll withdraw our citizenship from us after we’ve blown ourselves up—like they almost did in France before the parliamentary opposition to the bill.

Hazards of the terrorist profession

In France, writes Dalrymple, one of them is that

the countries to which former dual citizens might be deported should their French citizenship be withdrawn might not welcome them, to say the least.

François Hollande’s amendment makes it possible to withdraw French citizenship from those holding dual citizenship who are convicted of terrorist offences. The amendment imposes a duty on those who wish to retain their dual nationality that is, Dalrymple points out,

not very onerous,


not to be a terrorist.

It might be useful, Dalrymple dares suggest, to draw a distinction between

a man with dual nationality


a man with dual nationality who commits atrocities against one of the two nations to which he owes allegiance.


We have this right, you see, to kill large numbers of people without having the threat of deportation hanging over us