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France accepts EU rights ruling on children born to surrogates

Published on Jun 27, 2014 6:39 PM
A photo taken on July 2, 2009, shows Sylvie and Dominique Mennesson, parents of twins born in 2000 from a surrogate mother from California, as they pose with their daughters at their home in Maison Alfort, France. They turned to the European Court of Human Rights in 2011 after a French court rejected their bid to have the children registered as their own. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - France said on Friday it would not dispute a ruling by Europe's top rights court forcing it to legally recognise children born to surrogates, a practice that is illegal in the country.

Authorities in France had refused to register three children born to surrogates in the United States as the couples' legal offspring, a crucial move as it would secure them nationality and full inheritance rights.

But the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday that this denial by French authorities ran contrary to the European Convention of Human Rights.

"It's a decision that we will not dispute... The government will take into account these two judgments in its domestic law," Family Minister Laurence Rossignol told Parliament.

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