e-Passports that have been made available in France since April 2006 will be gradually replaced by Biometric passports containing a digital photo and the fingerprints of their holders.
A recently published decree states that in future, when the passport application is handed on to the administration, the digital photograph and the prints of eight fingers of the applicant will be collected. The fingerprints of children under six years will not be required. Furthermore, in exceptional cases and evidence based emergency, passports with no electronic components may be delivered for one year. The Government of France informed that the dates for the implementation of the new system in metropolitan France, French overseas departments and territories and for the citizens living abroad have not been determined due to regulatory issues.