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What are the rights of a foreign veteran of the French army?

Verified 01 octobre 2019 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

A foreign veteran of the French army may:

  • get resident card,
  • and acquire French nationality, on the proposal of the Minister of Defense, if as a member of the French armed forces, he was wounded on mission during an operational engagement.

The foreign child of a French army veteran has no special rights, either:

  • to obtain an entry visa or a residence permit in France,
  • for the acquisition of French nationality (except for exceptions, on a proposal from the Ministry of Defense, for the orphan of a member who died on mission during an operational engagement).