LIANE HANSEN, Host:
Reporter Eleanor Beardsley, an American living in Paris, recently had a brush with French immigration and sent this essay.
ELEANOR BEARDSLEY: Today, newcomers must learn French and are obliged to sign a contract swearing they'll uphold the values of the French Republic. And immigrants can be required to take instruction in certain topics. For those whose language skills are lacking, the state pays for 280 hours of French lessons - not a bad deal. The one course no one gets out of is a full day learning about French civics. Mine is in November, and this being France, a hot lunch is included.
HANSEN: Reporter Eleanor Beardsley in Paris.
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