France Rights: British in Europe in France
France Rights was created as the French 'arm' of the organisation British in Europe, to provide information and promote knowledge of citizens' rights for British people living in France, and to support people in understanding and meeting the conditions for legal residence in France so that they could secure their rights under the Withdrawal Agreement. Its founders, Kalba Meadows and Kathryn Dobson, who have both also been members of the British in Europe steering committee since its inception, have worked actively on citizens' rights since the day after the referendum in 2016.
We have represented the interests of the British in France on all matters relevant to citizens' rights through campaigning, advocacy, engagement with political and administrative bodies and with the media, and through raising awareness on the situation of UK citizens who have
exercised their free movement rights to live in France.
After over 5 years of very full on work, British in Europe closed in January 2022; France Rights also ceased active work at the same time at the same time.
This website has now been edited to provide a more limited amount of current information. The former detailed pages covering applications in different circumstances have been retained as archived pages, as although the online portal has now closed and applications must be made at préfectures, the conditions and evidence required remain the same.
This site will remain available until the middle of 2023, although most pages will not be regularly updated. However, because of the increased interest in applying for French citizenship we will be updating and, from time to time, expanding the information on our citizenship page.
Regretfully France Rights is no longer able to respond to questions or queries.