Ayaan Hirsi Ali seeks citizenship in France

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born former Dutch MP and outspoken critic of Islam, says that she is seeking French citizenship, citing security reasons. Ali, who has received numerous death threats, will not have her security paid for by the Dutch government. She has been living under police protection since the murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh by an Islamic extremist in 2004. “I would be very honored and grateful if I were to become a French citizen, and the question of my protection could be resolved once and for all,” Ali said Sunday on France-2 television. She said she had chosen France because she received support from French intellectuals and expressions of understanding from French political leaders.