Carpenter’s low-income halts French nationality bid

Mark Lawrence was told he has the right to reapply in two years

A carpenter who has spent 27 years in France has spoken of his disappointment after being turned down for French nationality because his business had a bad year.

It means he must also step down as a local councillor.

Mark Lawrence, 48, lives in the Dordogne with his French partner and their five children and has worked as a self-employed carpenter for 20 years. An online petition set up by a friend has attracted more than 34,000 signatures.

He said: “I think that even if 400,000 people signed, it would make no difference.

“If they changed things for me, what about all the other people who have been refused nationality?  “I hope they will give me a residency card when the site opens in July and I will apply again in 2021.”

The Gironde Prefecture said Mr Lawrence’s business was found to be generating insufficient income.

His ...

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