Mr. Eustis to Mr. Gresham.
Paris, August 9, 1893. (Received August 21.)
Sir: I inclose herewith copy and translation of the recent law on foreigners in France, which was promulgated on the 8th instant. It provides substantially that foreigners who have not obtained leave to be domiciled in France or who come into the country for the purpose of exercising their professions or doing any kind of business therein, will have to register within eight days after their arrival at the place where they propose to reside. They will receive upon payment of a fee a certificate stating that they have complied with the law without which they can not obtain employment. If they change their place of residence this certificate is to be visaed by the mayor of the locality.
Foreigners at present established in France have a month given them to comply with the requirements of these new regulations.
Apparently the law does not apply to foreigners traveling in France or residing therein for the purposes of health or pleasure. It is mainly directed against foreign laborers. Foreigners who have secured the rights of domicile, which are quite different from those required by simple residence in France, are likewise exempt from the provisions of the law. Application for the rights of domicile is considered as a preliminary step toward naturalization.
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