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How much does it cost to get French citizenship? 

Officially, there’s a €55 administration fee for all French citizenship applications - but there are a few hidden expenses you need to know about.

How much does it cost to get French citizenship? 
Official naturalisation documents for France (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD / AFP)

There’s a lot of paperwork involved in becoming a French citizen – and a lot of waiting. And some tests. But there’s also some expense. Here, we explain what you’re likely to have to pay for, and how much it will be.


Exactly what documents you will need depends on several things; how you are applying for citizenship (through residency, marriage or ancestry), where you come from originally and how long you have lived in France.

You can use the French government simulator HERE to get a personalised list of documents.

But here is a look at some of the most commonly required documents, and the average cost.

Birth certificate

Not just any birth certificate. You need one that’s been issued within three months at the time your application is received.

You are also likely to need copies of your parents’ birth and death certificates (if applicable), marriage certificates or divorce decree IF these show the full details of the date and place of birth. You can order them at the same time as your birth certificate.

READ ALSO Birth certificate: Why you need it in France and how to request one

Ordering a birth certificate from the UK currently costs between £35 and £42 per document, plus DHL overseas delivery costs. Order it here.

Ordering a birth certificate from Ireland currently costs €20 for an uncertified copy and €30 for a certified one, plus €3 for overseas delivery. Order it here.

READ ALSO Explained: The difference between French residency and citizenship

The process and cost of ordering a US birth certificate varies by state. Taking Maryland as an example, it costs $25 to request an official birth certificate, and another $2 to get it apostilled. Getting it delivered to France may prove tricky as well, as often agencies will only deliver within the US, which would mean a friend or relative will have to send it over to France.

If you wish to obtain a copy of an Australian birth certificate, you can apply through the official website of the State or Territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages in which you were born.

Ordering a birth certificate from New Zealand currently costs NZ$33 per document, plus postage – an additional NZ$25. Order it here.

READ ALSO When are children born in France eligible for French citizenship?

Criminal record check

You have to be able to demonstrate a clean criminal record dating back 10 years. 

For the period of your life in France, you’ll need an extrait de casier judiciaire, but you may also require one from other countries you have lived in to cover the 10-year requirement. 

As with the birth certificate, the cost varies depending on the country you need the certificate from, but between €50 and €100 is average.

We explain all about what a clean criminal record is – how to get one, and how much it’s likely to cost you – here.

Proof of competence in French

If applying through residency, you will need to provide proof of your level of French, unless you have studied in a French school or university, or have a diploma from a French speaking country.

The standard required is B1 on the international DELF scale – defined as being “able to handle day-to-day matters that arise in school, work or leisure”. You are not required to be able to speak perfect, error-free French, only to be able to make yourself understood and understand any replies you are given.  

READ ALSO TEST: Is your level of French good enough for citizenship and residency?

There isn’t a special citizenship language exam, you can use any DELF-approved course certificate, but it must have been issued in the last two years, so some people will need to take a new exam to include in their citizenship application.

Sitting the exam is likely to cost you upwards of €100, depending on where you go, and if you’re not confident in your French, especially written French, you might want to pay for some classes in preparation.

One tip for salaried employees in France is to use your annual training budget (Mon Compte Formation) to pay for a French class with an exam at the end, and then the certificate won’t cost you a centime – full details on how to do that here

Translating foreign documents

On top of these costs, there are also translation costs. Documents, such as your birth certificate, that are not in French will need to be translated and for this you must use a certified translator. You can find one local to you by searching online for traducteur agréé.

Expect to pay in the region of €40 per page. Plus postage.

READ ALSO Certified translations: What are the rules for translating documents into French?

Administration costs

Then there’s the fee for actually applying for citizenship. It’s €55. Payable in tax stamps. 

In good news, citizenship applications are now made online, so you won’t need to pay printing costs for printing out all your documents. 

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French supermarkets to continue price controls until end of 2023

French grocery stores will continue offering selected everyday items at below-inflation prices until the end of the year, France's Bruno Le Maire has announced.

French supermarkets to continue price controls until end of 2023

Le Maire announced on France 5 TV that all of the country’s major supermarkets had agreed to prolong their ‘budget’ range of low-cost items until the end of 2023.

Originally, the ‘anti-inflation quarter’ – which began in March and made it so that supermarkets would apply special discounts to hundreds of everyday items of their choice – was intended to conclude on June 15th, but now will continue till the end of the year.

The inflation-busting measure was brought in at the request of the government and is intended to address the issue of the rising cost-of-living.

The anti-inflation package has differed at each supermarket, with some like Système U offering around 500 marked down items while others offered around 150 goods at a cheaper price. In terms of the individual products offered, these differ from store to store as well, though they are meant to be general, ‘every day’ goods.

Consumers can tell which the products were chosen based on a multicoloured logo, which should say that the price has been blocked below inflationary levels.

A photo of the logo for products listed on the budget line at a Casino supermarket (Picture Credit: Emma Pearson)

However, Le Maire criticised companies that had failed to renegotiate their costs, saying that France’s 75 largest suppliers and distributors had previously committed to renegotiating their prices “once their costs had started to drop”, but “to date, only two or three have done so”.

In an interview with BFMTV on Friday, the minister said he planned to meet with supermarket distributors and manufacturers to begin negotiations and that he hoped to see the costs for consumers lowered in France “by July”, particularly for items like pasta, poultry and oils whose “wholesale market prices are already falling”.

Le Maire explained that he had threatened to put reluctant distributors and manufacturers on a list detailing those who had “refused to return to the negotiation table”. 

In France, food prices have continued to rise due to inflation, even though inflation began to slow down during the month of May when compared with April.