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French church leaders criticise treatment of refugees, asylum seekers

French church leaders have criticised their country's "lamentable" treatment of refugees and asylum-seekers.

"In our society, the poor par excellence are the asylum-seekers, those whose lives are destroyed by misery, violence and uncertainty," said three bishops' conference commissions in a joint declaration.

The bishops said the complicated nature of French immigration procedures violated asylum-seekers' rights guaranteed in the Geneva Convention.

Last week's statement said hopes of better protection for asylum-seekers under a 1998 law had been "quickly disappointed" and described current asylum conditions as "lamentable".


Eglise catholique en France



7 Mar 2002