Will you be seeking French Citizenship?

In light of the EU referendum and the decision of the electorate to leave the European Union will you now be seeking French Citizenship in order to obtain a passport of an EU member country?

  • Yes
  • No

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Yes. We have lived here permanently for more than 5 years and now absolutely hate everything British.


I've had the paperwork sitting on my desk somewhere for over 5 years now (been here over 10) but there's soo much paperwork to collect and until now it just hasn't been necessary, I'm hanging on for a bit longer to see how things pan out. The process takes a year or two anyway (naturalisation) so it's not going to happen overnight, OH says we should just get married then it'll be much easier but that was changed a while back and is now only the case after 4 years. Sold the timbres fiscaux to a couple who are applying a few weeks ago - for all those in the Carmaux area, I'm the only tabac in town to have the timbres fiscaux you need for the dossier ;-)

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I'm intending to apply for Residency rather than citizenship -- less complicated and slow, and gives me healthcare etc. I live in Manche and understand the process varies from prefecture to prefecture. If anyone has done this I'd love some feedback -- it's hard to find the details online (forms needed etc). Thanks.

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Harriet, good halfway measure but the problem with a carte de séjour permanante (UE) is that it's for EU citizens which may no longer be the case in the not too distant future, let's see how the talks go in Brussels today...! Or go straight for the no EU carte

No, may be Scotland, Basque or Catalogne if they become independent.

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Yes and yes, I already did. When I first saw the possibility of the referendum in 2013/14 I didn't want to take any chances of future problems. It is a fairly lengthy process and does cost but mine came through in march 2016.



If You have to prove your level of competency in french and you are applying for naturalisation you need to sit a test called DELF B1 there are centres throughout France. You also have to officialy translate any official documents they ask for probably birth, marriage certificate. These all involve charges and naturalisation itself will cost 55 euros currently. Here is a link about the language test.http://www.ciep.fr/en/delf-tout-public


Thanks Andrew - this is something I didn't know - so by the non EU carte you mean citizenship?

no, a carte de séjour for non europeans. Citizenship comes with naturalisation - being French ;-)

No, I'm English and shall remain so.

27 years in the RAF, I always considered that I worked for the Queen and never the useless lying government of the day. The British people realise that they have been lied to so the decision to leave may be reversed by some political subterfuge, I hope so as I have always believed in European unity but the EU needs reform and it will get it now for sure (as will UK)!


Ah - that's what I was thinking of. Any ideas about the process of getting one?

Everything is on the government website, see here ;-)

Not sure if it is the same thing Andrew but my husbands is called a Titre de SĂ©jour he is Zimbabwean but married to a Brit (EU citizen currently).

yep, used to be called a carte de séjour, and most people still call it that but it's now known as a titre de séjour ;-)

Many thanks for this and for the link.

Did it over 20 years ago and the whole process took about 4 months. Nowadays it's more like 24 months apparently. The extra delay is supposedly due to much higher demand from the Maghreb and staff cuts in government departments.

I assume the system is the same with oodles of peperwork and translations required by 'Traducteurs Agrées'.

Well worth the hassle though...

With regard to the DELF B1 Test mentioned earlier, does anyone know if there are any provisions made for the deaf? I am 65% deaf and would struggle with the listening exercise. Secondly, does it have to be this DELF B1? I have A level French, a commercial French certificate from my secretarial college and the A level equivalent certificate from the Alliance Francaise. Obviously, I could phone and ask but I am too deaf these days to make phone calls.

I went for it in 2009, then a 19 month process. The main reason was to set my two children up for their future, as job opportunities in France favour French Nationals. I enjoyed the feel-good factor of having nationality, but never did I then realise how much I would value it now in 2016. Although I have a French passport, I am now considering applying again for a British one as well.

Apparently any recognised diploma is good enough and i'm sure it makes no difference if you are partially (or totally) deaf. Maybe the best thing to do would be to visit your nearest 'Bureau d'Etrangères' (Périgueux for you Elizabeth ?) or what ever it's called nowadays and ask ? I'm sure there must be documentation available.