French citizenship laws are based upon the French Nationality Code.
FRENCH CITIZENSHIP BY BIRTH:
Child born within the
FRENCH CITIZENSHIP BY DESCENT:
Child born abroad, at least one of whose parents is a citizen of
FRENCH CITIZENSHIP MARRIAGE:
If the couple has been living in
FRENCH CITIZENSHIP 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
- Person who has resided in France for two years and has a degree from a 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
- 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.
DUAL FRENCH CITIZENSHIP: RECOGNIZED.
LOSS OF FRENCH 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.
French citizenship information is summarized from the above-mentioned law. Any action concerning French citizenship should be taken after consulting with a French immigration lawyer or the official authority responsible with French citizenship.