Don’t panic and cards will be valid, says ministry

Connexion has interviewed a senior Interior Ministry official about Britons in France and cartes de séjour

Many Britons have applied for an EU citizen’s carte de séjour as a safeguard but there have been reports of difficulties. You have told us you have communicated with the prefectures. Are you confident that this kind of problem will not happen again?

You can never be completely confident when it comes to the civil service but difficulties should be less frequent.

If people have problems still how can they solve the issue?

If it is impossible to overcome the ‘resistance of the [foreigner’s service] counter’, as well as of the head of the foreigners’ service, it is advisable to write making an appeal to the prefect.

If this fails, applying to Solvit is a possibility, or to the Défenseur des Droits. The latter has delegates in each department, giving voluntary help to users who feel their rights have been infringed by officials. If mediation fails, it is possible to apply to the administrative court. Finally, it can be useful to inform the local press in your department: prefects generally pay close attention to this.

In some prefectures there is ...

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