just read Catherines piece on nationality, I am doing this, and have
just received my exam certificate, taaaa dahhh!!
I am fairly sure that the French government need translated documents,
and that the birth death etc cant be originals, as they need a date of
less than three months old.
I think this means you have to apply to the UK for certified copies (
with today's date ), then send these to a translator, then send the
translations and the copies from hm gov to the French gov, before the 3
months has expired.
for the test at the prefecture, you can go here
and download the citizens booklet. Itdoesnt look too taxing, basically just know about Napoleon, Moliere, and de Gaulle. They seem to have missed out the bit about the war in Algeria, which means there is less history to learn!
Bits about how the country is organised into regions, departments and communes etc.
I have also quizzed the Uk gov helpline about getting documents, as I may need birth cert of ex wife, and dont really want to call her up and ask for any favours. Evidently, you can get anyones birth marraiage, death cert as long as you know
place of birth
date of birth
mothers maiden name
I checked my understanding by asking the nice lady if I could get a copy of Nigel Farrages birth cert. She replied yes as long as I knew all that stuff. Amazing!!