Does a child born stateless in France become French?
Verified 04 November 2022 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)
Yes, French nationality is granted from birth to a child born stateless person in France.
When is a child born stateless in France?
A child can be born stateless in France if he or she is in one of the following situations:
- He was born in France to stateless parents themselves
- He was born in France to unknown parents
- He was born in France to parents whose nationality cannot be transmitted from birth
In some countries, nationality is not passed on to children born abroad, children born out of wedlock or adopted children.
How to prove the French nationality of the child born stateless in France?
To prove the French nationality of the child born stateless person in France, you have to get a certificate of French nationality.
You have to apply for the certificate of French nationality before age 18.
If the child is under 16 years of age, he or she must be represented by the person exercising parental authority.
From the age of 16, the child can do the procedure himself, without parental permission.
the French nationality of a child, be it born in France or not, depends mainly on the nationality of his parents.
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