Friday, March 19, 2010

National Identity

« Vous n’avez toujours pas compris ? ... Vous n’avez pas besoin d’un certificat de nationalité pour vous, mais pour vos enfants, si ».

C'est comme ça, la France.  Joan of Arc, the Eiffel Tower, infuriating bureaucrats ... la France éternelle.

4 comments:

Steven Rendall said...

My wife and I were naturalized about 18 months ago, and our daughter (then 15)was granted both an identity card and a passport without question. But then we're "white."

Anonymous said...

I recently learned that one can be born on French soil and not be accorded French citizenship. Such as the case of foreigners who live in France legally but who don't pay taxes (such as students). They may have a child who's born in France during their stay but this child does not obtain French nationality.

Passerby said...

In this case we have 2 kids who were born in France, which supposedly is a bit easier (as French administration has copies of archives). Apparently, the problem that was much worse for people born abroad.
Administration can be wary of foreign certificates (if any exist); creating a nightmare for certain citizens. Supposedly that should have been fixed. But given the issue for these 2 Fréjus kids, I wonder how it now works for Shanghai kids...


As for Canada, they also have their share of kafkaian bureaucrats:

http://www.francesoir.fr/societe/2010/02/09/rachel-expulsee-canada-fardeau-excessif.html

Passerby said...

In this case we have 2 kids who were born in France, which supposedly is a bit easier (as French administration has copies of archives). Apparently, the problem that was much worse for people born abroad.
Administration can be wary of foreign certificates (if any exist); creating a nightmare for certain citizens. Supposedly that should have been fixed. But given the issue for these 2 Fréjus kids, I wonder how it now works for Shanghai kids...


As for Canada, they also have their share of kafkaian bureaucrats:

http://www.francesoir.fr/societe/2010/02/09/rachel-expulsee-canada-fardeau-excessif.html