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France to establish biometrical data for air passengers

French interior ministry will establish a data base containing biometrical data from air passengers, who will voluntarily agree to participate in the program, according to notice appearing in the French official gazette.

The form, which will be known as „parafes,” „is aimed at improving clearance by border police and facilitating rapid entry into foreign countries” belonging to the Shengen visa zone, the gazette reported Tuesday. The form, which will comprise personal data from passengers using French airports, will include eight fingerprints as well as marital status, place of birth, nationality and address. The data „will be kept for a period of five years counting from the date of registration. Nevertheless, passengers wishing to withdraw from the program will be able to have their data erased without delay,” according to the decree. (