Refusal by a local French prefecture to deny a nurse citizenship because the hours she works are too long is facing backlash.
The woman, whose nationality is not known, works a total of three jobs in France and clocks up 59 hours per week.
With an average of 271 hours a month, the woman’s working hours are considered to be in violation of working regulations in France.
The Val-de-Marne prefecture in the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France denied the nurse citizenship on the grounds that she is ‘failing to comply with the law’.
She should only be working a maximum of 48 hours per week, according to the French government.
The prefecture went on to state she would be able to apply for citizenship again in two years.
Her letter of refusal was shared online by her friend, who was left shocked at the incident.
‘Naturalization refused on the grounds that the candidate for French nationality works too much,’ she tweeted.
The decision sparked backlash on social media, with some quick to come to the defense of the nurse.
One doctor pointed out it was common for healthcare professionals to have to work over the maximum limit set by the Government.
‘I work more than 60 to 70 hours per week like a number of doctors, nurses… and I do not speak of the interns who can work 80 to 90 hours per week.
‘So take away my nationality!’ He said.