My mother was born in France and both of her parents are French. She moved to the UK and married my (British) father. When she did this, she changed her surname to his. My parents were married when I was born but they divorced shortly after and my mother moved back to France. She stopped using her married surname when she moved back to France and I don't think the French government were ever made aware of the marriage or of my birth.
I'm now 25. I was born in the UK and have always lived in the UK. I speak pretty good French but I'm not completely fluent. When I was 21, I changed my surname by deed poll. I have my English birth certificate in my old name, the deed poll and my British passport in my new name.
I can also get my mother's French birth certificate, French passport, English marriage certificate and English divorce certificate.
I am self employed in the UK and my Self Assessment will show an income well above the SMIC in the 16/17 tax year.
I want to register my French nationality to get a French passport. The key motivation is to make travel within Europe as easy as possible after Brexit. I am also motivated, to a lesser extent, to have a French passport just to feel more a part of France.
Despite "being" French, proving it and obtaining a French passport seems like a very complicated process. I'm trying to figure out:
If it's even worth the effort (assuming Brexit doesn't automatically afford British subjects the right to travel in the Schengen zone and I continue to travel within the EU regularly),
I believe name changes are going to complicate this. Is the French government likely to recognise my deed poll, given changing one's name requires (I believe) a court order in France?
Can anyone confirm the only real hurdle to getting the passport is obtaining a CNF as described in this link, which is simply a case of assembling documents and delivering them in person? Will I need to attend any language/culture tests?
Would it be sensible to employ a solicitor to help?