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The deciding factor is whether your grandfather was a French citizen (statut civil de droit commun) or not (statut civil de droit local). Having lived or even being born in mainland France is not enough to establish that someone from colonial Algeria left the ”native” (“indigène”) status or was granted French citizenship. Historically, settlers from mainland ...


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Unfortunately, this has absolutely no relevance under French law. Being born in France on a visit doesn't open any specific path to French citizenship. Unlike many countries in the Americas, France only knows two restricted forms of Jus soli: The “double droit du sol” (or double jus soli): if you are born in France to a parent who was also born in France (...


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