Updated : 14/02/2014
Under French law, EU citizens and their family members are required to have a valid identity document or passport on them at all times to prove their identity.
If you are asked to prove your identity and are unable to produce ID - or if the documents you produce don't appear to establish your identity clearly (e.g. if there is no photo) - you may be asked to undergo an identity check.
This may require you to be detained for up to 4 hours (no longer) by an officer from the Criminal Police Department (police judiciaire) - either in the place where you were first approached or on police premises.
During this time, you are entitled to:
If you are under 18, the police are obliged to:
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