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Arnault’s Belgian Citizenship Bid Hits Another Snag, Morgen Says

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Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- The Brussels prosecutor’s office issued a negative opinion on LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA Chief Executive Officer Bernard Arnault’s request for naturalization in Belgium, De Morgen reported, citing Jean-Marc Meilleur, a spokesman for the office.

Meilleur didn’t elaborate on the report to the parliamentary committee handling naturalization requests, the newspaper said. A separate report by Belgium’s immigration affairs service last month also was negative, De Morgen said.

The reports state that Arnault doesn’t fulfill the condition of having his main residence in Belgium for at least three years and the prosecutor’s office also cited uncertainty over the construction around Arnault’s business network in Belgium, according to the newspaper.

The country’s security services also must submit a report, as opinions from the three agencies are required on all requests for Belgian citizenship. The parliamentary committee isn’t bound by the opinions and under Belgian law the condition of main residence can be circumvented if the applicant can prove a bond with Belgium in the past three years.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andrew Clapham in Brussels at aclapham@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jerrold Colten at jcolten@bloomberg.net

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