Raissiguier, C. (1999). International Feminist Journal of Politics, 1(3), 435-457. doi:10.1080/146167499359826
This paper analyses three distinct moments in the history of France’s nationality code and highlights a set of contradictions in its treatment of immigrant women. A serious look at these contradictions helps us understand the particularly vulnerable position of these women within French society. Their rights, to this day, are often derivative of the status of a male member of their family. The paper argues that gender and racial/ethnic exclusions are constitutive of the French republican tradition and begins to explore the articulations between these two separate, but related, processes of exclusion.