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France has announced a state of urgency due to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, prolonging border control measures. In other news, businesses convicted of illegal labor may be blacklisted.

State of Urgency Until End of February

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris of November 13-14, 2015, the French parliament has voted to maintain a “State of Urgency” until the end of February 2016. This means that the French government can prolong its border controls until that time.

Land Border Controls

For the Paris Conference on Climate, the French government restored the land border controls at train stations, airports, and seaports from November 13 to December 13, 2015. This was announced before the terrorist attacks prolonging the border controls.

While the border controls are in effect, citizens of the European Union, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland must present a valid identity document. Third country nationals must present papers and documents that authorize travel or stay in France: a residence permit or a long-stay visa and, for third-country nationals subject to a short-stay visa, a valid Schengen Visa C and supporting documents used to verify compliance with the conditions of entry listed in Annex I of Regulation (EC) No. 562/2006 of March 15, 2006.

Blacklist for Illegal Labor

Businesses convicted of illegal labor may now be on a “blacklist” posted on the website of the Ministry of Labour.

The Act of 10 July 2014 provided for the establishment of a “blacklist” of companies convicted of illegal work. A decree of October 21, 2015, specifies how this information will be posted on the website of the Ministry of Labour. The government hopes that the negative publicity affecting a company’s image could dissuade it from hiring unauthorized workers in the future.

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