France produced and personalised the 10 millionth French biometric passport
France’s Imprimerie Nationale says it has produced and personalised the 10 millionth French biometric passport.
The company says its successful production performance is down to high quality levels that enable it to produce and personalise secure documents in under three days. In 2012, the Imprimerie Nationale will produce more than 3.2 million biometric passports, 10% more than last year.
The firm launched its passport personalisation service in April 2006. Since then, more than 19 million electronic and biometric passports have been issued by the production unit, a vital importance operator (OIV) based in Douai.
Bertrand Maréchaux, director of the Agence Nationale des Titres Sécurisés (ANTS), says : “Thanks to the Imprimerie Nationale, the ANTS has been able for the past three years, with the cooperation of city halls, to provide French citizens with highly secure passports, to truly protect their identity.”