Must French officials accept documents in English now?

A friend said the EU had passed legislation meaning documents in official EU languages no longer had to be translated into local languages for official purposes, such as applying for a carte de séjour or nationality. He was adamant that this applies to ones in English. Is it correct? K.L.

There is an EU law related to this, but it has not yet come into force – although it is imminent.

It is Regulation (EU) 2016/1191 of the Euro­pean Parliament and of the Council of July 6, 2016 on promoting the free movement of citizens (see tinyurl.com/yb7rsp6p).

EU states are supposed to have taken steps to comply ...

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