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Mixed Marriage- rights as per law

Mixed Marriage- rights as per law

Rights of a couple in a mixed marriage

For 'Franco-etranger' couples (where one partner is a French national and the other is a foreigner), what exactly does the law say for the rights of an individual vis-a-vis the French state? As per the law, the French national has a fundamental right to be with his/ her partner of choice with or without the resident card.


Although always a tricky subject that, there are quite a few people who are concerned by the situation as the authorities doubt the authenticity of the motive in a small percentage of such marriages. Called 'Mariages blancs', such marriages are done for obtaining papers for living in France. For most others, it is a marriage for love. Nonetheless, many 'mixed marriages' live through stress to prove their 'good intentions' for marriage. What exactly is a recourse for such and other couples for better informing themselves about their rights and responsibilities for integration in French society ?


Pascale Boistard, adjoint to the Mayor in charge of the integration (of) and non-community foreigners, will participate in the presentation of a 'legal guide' -'guide juridique'- edited by 'les Amoureux au ban public' to the elected members and civil services officers on Saturday, October 24th, 2009. 'les Amoureux au ban public' is a 'collectif' founded in 2007 at Montpellier.The said guide has been edited by them with the support from Paris municipality, the cimade and the syndicate of magistrates ('magistratures').


As per their website, the following legal texts pertain to the rights of the individual and in marriage:

- Extraits du Code Civil articles 63 to 76, from 144 to 171 and from 172 to 202.

- Extraits de l'Instruction Générale Relative à l'Etat Civil (IGREC)

- Circulaire n° JUS C 0520349C from May 2nd, 2005 pertaining to fight against simulated marriages.

- Décision n°2003-484 DC from Novmeber 20th, 2003 of the Constitutional Council


Saturday, October 24th, 2009
Centre social le Picoulet, 59 rue de la Fontaine au Roi, 75011

From 02:00 PM- 05:00 PM


Related article from Paris municipality website (in French)

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