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Questions raised over Geneva minister's dual nationality

National News // Aug. 9, 2017

Questions are being raised about the Geneva Security and Economics Minister Pierre Maudet’s dual nationality.

Maudet’s name has been mentioned as a replacement for former Swiss foreign minister Didier Burkhalter.

US Mission Geneva Questions raised over Geneva minister's dual nationality

As he will then be on the Federal Council, the Vice President of the right wing Swiss People’s Party – Céline Amaudruz – says she has reservations about his allegiance.

Maudet dismissed any ideas he would be conflicted. He says he was born and raised in Switzerland and completed his military service. He’s entitled to French nationality through his father and his family applied for the passport when he was a child.

The President of the Geneva branch of the Swiss People’s Party pointed out Maudet could well become Swiss President and then if he made an official visit to Paris, he would have to show his French passport.

But many other Genevans would be in the same boat – 90,000 have dual nationality. 30% of the total. 

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