PARIS — France's Constitutional Council on Saturday rejected key provisions of a controversial hard-line law to curb immigration and told the conservative government to rewrite them.
The council's ruling, released to the press, censured eight of the law's 52 articles, saying they deprived foreigners of basic rights guaranteed to anyone living on French territory.
There was no immediate reaction from the government. The ruling by the council, which checks that laws conform to the constitution, will force it to review the censured articles.
The law, pushed through Parliament last month, is a crucial part of Interior Minister Charles Pasqua's plans to move toward what he has called "zero immigration."