Je suis Française

Author: fraise

Monday 27 December 2010, in Biographical, Journal, La France

Today I received a letter from the Ministère de l’intérieur, de l’outre-mer, des collectivités territoriales et de l’immigration that begins with: “J’ai le plaisir de vous faire savoir que vous êtes Française depuis le 13/12/2010.” Translated: “I am pleased to let you know that as of 13 December 2010, you are French.”

Nice Christmas present, eh!

I can now vote in French national elections, as well as European Union elections, and will no longer have to worry about ever-changing immigration laws for non-EU citizens (which I was, until the 13th of December). I have kept my US citizenship, mainly to continue voting and participating there as well, so I have dual nationality.

12 responses to “Je suis Française”

  1. delaido Says:

    Yay, congratulations!

  2. Linca Says:

    You now have 3 days to get on the electors’ roll… Hurry ! And congrats !

  3. fraise Says:

    Thanks for the reminder – just sent in my registration papers!

  4. Bruce B Says:

    Felicitations (enfin! ;) ). Welcome to the French family, albeit ever so slightly different from the original Addams family. I’m sure it’s a long-term relief, it certainly was for me.

    What’s interesting is the difference between the French and US. In the US, you’ve got to go with a group, in a formal ceremony, and it’s a real “thing”, with congratulations and hugging and whatever. Here in France, like you I just got a letter (a large envelope, but still…) saying, more or less, “you’ve been accepted”.

    Or maybe I’ve just been here too long? I mean, great news, et je suis en train de raler? :D

  5. fraise Says:

    Yes, definitely a long-term relief… no more worrying about what could happen if ever I lost my job and took a while (long enough to get kicked out) to get back on my financial feet, for instance.

    I was struck by the same difference! “Just a letter? That says I’ll get more letters and a brochure on what it means to be a French citizen? How very French.” Heh.

    Oui, en tant que bon citoyen, bon Français, il faut savoir bien râler :)

  6. Gem Says:

    Congratulations!! I just contacted the embassy today about applying for my own citizenship. Doesn’t seem like an easy process. I’m glad yours is taken care of! Now just don’t kill any cops, and you’re home free.

  7. fraise Says:

    Ha! :) Thanks. Yes, it’s increasingly complicated, the trickiest part is getting all the right papers. My interview went really well because my French is good and I work for a French company; I’ve heard of it going differently for others… but so long as the interview is OK, it seems citizenship is just a matter of time (about a year later). That’s what the représentant du préfet told me, anyway. Bonne chance !

  8. delaido Says:

    I also got a rather unceremonious letter in the mail for my citizenship notice, but next I went to the Consulate to get my carte d’identit? and received lots of congratulations from the Consul g?n?ral and other consular staff. In fact I was taken aback by the true enthusiasm I received there!

  9. Jojolabanane Says:

    Mes felicitations – am sooooo pleased for you. I am sure you will embrace being French with open arms, and will enjoy the extra freedoms it brings you. I offer you big hugs.


  10. Elizabeth Black Says:

    That’s just perfect, really. Congrats.

  11. Elizabeth Black Says:

    That’s just perfect, really. Congrats.

  12. foxglove Says:

    There’s something very amusing about the way they phrased it. How very, very lovely though. Late congratulations. I am terribly envious.

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