I´m French (John), my wife (Kate) is English, we got married in South Africa 20 years ago but never got our marriage transcribed on to the ¨actes d'état civil français¨ because Pretoria has always been unable to find and produce our original mariage certificate. Kate however (God knows how) managed to have a british passport issued in my name. This is not sufficient proof that we are married. The french embassy in Johannesburg doesn´t want to know anything about registering us unless we can produce the original mariage certificate, eventhough we have certified copies of it (certified true copies by the Registrar himself) and can produce a letter written by the actual Magistrate of the village where we were married certifying that there are records at the Magistrate´s Office showing that we have been married 20 years ago. All that doesn´t suffice.
We have been living in France without any interuptions since about 8 years. My wife is now thinking about becoming a french citizen, but anywhere we turn, they want the ORIGINAL mariage certificate.
If anyone has an idea on how to go about doing that (without the @#*%!^ original mariage certificate), please, please, please, let us know.
We thought that since we are not recognised to be married as there are no records of it, then we could simply go to our local Mairie and get married (our friends are ready for a party). The problem is that Kate already has a passport in my name. That could look suspicious :)