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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa
(1937)

France,   pp. 275-318 PDF (16.0 MB)


Page 317


  The Department has been informed that persons born in the United
States of French parents who wish to retain their American citizenship
and renounce their French citizenship under the provisions of article
IX (3) of the French nationality law of August 10, 1927, may do so
by addressing a petition to the French Ministry of Justice. It is
understood that in such a case the person concerned can be released
from French nationality only by means of a decree. It appears that
under article IX (3), above quoted, such persons need not have reached
their majority. Inquiry should be made at a French consulate as to
the procedure which should be followed in making the petition. It
is understood that the appropriate application may be made (1) by
the interested person himself if he is over 21 years of age; (2) by the
person concerned, with the permission of his legal representative, if
he is less than 21 years old and over 16; or (3) by the legal repre-
sentative of the interested minor in the latter's name if he is less
than 16.
C. DOCUMENTATION OF AMERICAN CITIzENs WHo ARi LIABLE TO
                   MILITARY SERVICE IN FRANCE
  The Department understands that under article 99 of the French
recruitment law of March 31, 1928, persons born in the United States
of French parents will in time of peace be permitted by the French
Government to pay a visit to France without being compelled to per-
form military service there, provided they carry certificates stating
that military service is not obligatory in the United States. Such cer-
tificates may be obtained from the French Embassy in Washington,
D. C., and French consulates in the United States, and also from the
American Embassy in Paris and American consulates in France.
  Safe conducts.-The Department understands that safe conducts
will be issued only to French military delinquents domiciled in the
United States who have a dual nationality, independently of their
volition, provided the offense of delinquency with which they are
charged was committed before January 1, 1927, and provided that they
have not been sentenced by default by a French military tribunal.
Consequently, safe conducts cannot be issued to the following classes:
(1) men declared delinquent after December 31, 1926; (2) men delin-
quent before January 1, 1927, who have not acquired abroad a dual
nationality independently of their volition; or (3) men delinquent
before January 1, 1927, who, having acquired a dual nationality in-
dependently of their volition, have been sentenced by default by a
French military tribunal. The French Foreign Office has stated that
it is disposed to give a very liberal interpretation to the phrase "inde-
pendently of their volition" in the cases of children naturalized
through the naturalization of their parents, but that the circumstances
in each case will be taken into consideration in reaching a decision.
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