At this moment at least you do not have to give up your British Nationality to get French unless you wish to do so - one of the ore amusing bits was being asked if I wanted to ‘Frenchify my name’ which I really hadn’t thought about. I would have done other than thinking of how extra documents I would then have to wade through!
Emphasis please on the fact that over 65year olds do NOT have to take any sort of language ‘test’ but of course there is the personal meeting which is held in French, so some measure will be desirable. However my French wife was with me and fielded and translated where necessary, so I am sure you can have a French person accompany you during this part of the proceedings!
Yes there is the paper chase, but in all honesty what would you expect? I am sure thoseother than refugees are also subjected to the same thing in Britain?
I found the whole process agreeable with no-one trying to ‘trip me up’ - indeed far from it. So don’t panic, they really are NOT your enemies - despite what the Daily Heil says!