what does the RN mean?

what does the RN mean?
what does the RN mean?

The National Rally (RN) wants to ban certain jobs for dual nationals if the far-right party wins the legislative elections. But what positions are these? RN executives did not name the jobs in question, leaving the measure unclear.

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In security and defense

“The most strategic positions in the State will be reserved for French citizens and French nationals”declared this Monday the president of the National Rally, Jordan Bardella, confirming the announcement of the vice-president of the RN, Sébastien Chenu, of wanting to ban “sensitive jobs” to dual nationals.

As a reminder, a binational French person has all the rights and obligations attached to French nationality. Asked several times about the positions concerned, Jordan Bardella spoke of“a certain number of strategic jobs in sectors particularly linked to security and defense”. According to him, the measure aims to protect against attempts at interference that could be orchestrated by foreign states”he detailed, specifying that “very very few people” were concerned.

Jordan Bardella mentioned the Ukrainian context as an example: “Today, can we imagine a Franco-Russian working in the Ministry of the Armed Forces? »he asked.

If the abolition of dual nationality had been defended by the RN in the past, Marine Le Pen renounced this measure. Jordan Bardella thus assured “not call into question dual nationality”.

What the RN program really says

The far-right party’s program wants to include in the Constitution the “national preference”, particularly in terms of employment or social housing. The proposed referendum law, defended again by Marine Le Pen last January, which includes the anti-immigration proposals of the RN, does not restrict positions prohibited to dual nationals to positions “sensitive jobs” Or “strategic”. “National priority will be authorized, particularly in access to employment in the private sector or in the public sector and in access to social housing”, we can read. Just like the law “may also prohibit access to jobs in the administration, public enterprises and legal entities entrusted with a public service mission to persons who have the nationality of another State”.

According to CFDT estimates, “3.3 million French people could tomorrow be denied access to a job”.

Are they banned from any positions today?

Currently, dual nationality does not prevent access to public service jobs, recalls theAFP. Certain professions, called “of sovereignty”, because they are linked to the sovereign functions of the State (defense, budget, security, diplomacy), are reserved for French people, whether or not they theoretically hold a second nationality. The decision to classify a position as a sovereign position is left to the discretion of the employer, most often a ministry.

For the rest, European nationals can take competitive exams and become civil servants, explains theAFP. Non-European foreigners can also be recruited into the civil service, but only as contract workers, a less protective status than that of civil servant.

In the private sector, there are no restrictions for dual nationals, according to labor law experts interviewed by theAFP. This “under the principle of prohibiting any discrimination in hiring established by article L1132-1 of the labor code”, explains Me Eric Rocheblave, lawyer specializing in labor law. But, he said, “what the legislator of yesterday did, that of tomorrow can undo or restrict”.

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