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[Please refer to How to Read a Country Entry for help interpreting this material. It was produced prior to March 2001 as part of a US government report entitled Citizenship Laws of the World. The accuracy and depth of these country listings varies significantly, and some information may be incorrect. At best, this page presents only part of the story for a particular country. Additional information for this country may be available in Country Information]


CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon the French Nationality Code.

BY BIRTH: Child born within the territory of France, regardless of the nationality of the parents.

BY DESCENT: Child born abroad, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of France.

MARRIAGE: The spouse of a French citizen can apply for French citizenship after one year of marriage with no residency requirement.

BY NATURALIZATION: Persons seeking naturalization as French citizens face varying conditions. Residence circumstances are significant. These persons may seek naturalization: Person who has been a resident of France for five years. Person who has resided in France for two years and has a degree from a French University or has rendered important service to France.

The following persons have no residency requirement and may seek naturalization: Person who has rendered exceptional service to France. Person who has served in a combat unit of the French Army. Person who is the spouse or minor child of a person acquiring French citizenship.


LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP: Final authority for loss of citizenship lies with the French government.

VOLUNTARY: Contact the French Embassy for details and proper paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of French citizenship: Person serves in a foreign military or civil service and has not complied with French orders to leave such service.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:

Embassy of France Consular Office 4101 Reservoir Rd., NW Washington, DC 20007-2185

Embassy Telephone: 202-944-6000 Consular Telephone: 202-944-6195 Fax: 202-944-6148




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