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France: Information on whether a person born in France of foreign parents would be recognized as a French citizen if he or she did not live in France after birth and was not living in France at the age of 18

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 September 1995
Citation / Document Symbol FRA21875.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, France: Information on whether a person born in France of foreign parents would be recognized as a French citizen if he or she did not live in France after birth and was not living in France at the age of 18, 1 September 1995, FRA21875.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6aabe58.html [accessed 21 September 2014]
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For information on the above-mentioned topic, please consult the attached excerpt of the Council of Europe's European Bulletin on Nationality where it is stated that:

French nationality may be acquired by birth and birth on French soil following a statement of intention (Article 21.7 of the Civil Code). All aliens born in France and able to prove that they have been habitually resident in France for 5 years have the right to acquire French nationality. The intention to acquire French nationality must be stated between the ages of 16 and 21 (Council of Europe Jan. 1995, 48).

For further information on the legal provisions pertaining to French nationality, please consult the legal commentary on the subject published in Juris-Classeur Nationalité, which is attached to Response to Information Request FRA15524.E of 12 October 1993 available at your regional Documentation Centre. Please consult also the attached copy of a document containing the provisions of the French civil code and other laws pertaining to French nationality, and the attached information on French nationality extracted from an information package published by the French Office des migrations internationales.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.

Reference

Council of Europe. January 1995. "France." European Bulletin on Nationality. Strasbourg: Council of Europe.

Attachments

Council of Europe. January 1995. "France". European Bulletin on Nationality. Strasbourg: Council of Europe, pp. i, 47-54.

France. 22 July 1993. Dispositions du code civil relatives à la nationalité française et autres dispositions législatives non intégrées dans le code civil.

Office des migrations internationales (OMI). 1995. OMI Classeur : Réglementation de l'Immigration : droits et devoirs des étrangers. Paris: Office des migration internationales, pp. 55-62.

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