How do French men feel about being forbidden by law to request a paternity test?
The restrictions on paternity tests are the expression of an idea that is very important in France : family, and to larger extent identity and country, should not be defined by blood or DNA, but by sharing a common education, history and care for each others.
DNA tests are not forbidden but should only be used to support a decision from a judge regarding settlement of family matters. It should not be used by individuals to argue about who belongs to a family or not.
It prevents people from trying to settle complex family situations by using fallacious arguments and protect kids from abusive claims by family members.
I think it totally makes sense.
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