The French exception for people with AIDS : hazardous to our health
9 septembre 1997 (MAHA)
PARIS, 9 September 1997 (MAHA)
Recent laws in France may theoretically protect someone who is sick from deportation, but do not guarantee papers, work, or health care. And deportations continue.
- Article 25 (80) of the 1996 Debré Law introduces a new category of persons "protected" from deportation : "A foreigner who lives in France, affected by a grave pathology which requires medical treatment in which departure could lead to exceptionally grave consequences, with the reserve that he could not continue the treatment in the country to which he would be sent back." However, the law does not define what status such persons are to have, nor does it necessarily prevent people deemed to be "a threat to public order" from deportation, ie Arab, African, or other non-French youth who have served a prison sentence of more than six months.
- Chevènement circular for regularization recommends that people who are gravely ill may be granted a one-year temporary permit, as opposed to the current practice of granting only a three-month APS.
- Proposed Chevènement law would allow denial of entry under family reunification for people who "are affected by a disease which is a danger to public health" (article 29, item 4).Switzerland