May I inherit part of partner's pension?

My Pacs (French civil partnership) partner died re­cently. We had lived together in the UK and now France. When I contacted the UK pensions office to notify them of my partner’s death they told me as we were not married, I would not be entitled to part of my partner’s pension. Is that correct?  J.M.

You do not say if your partner was same sex or not but the UK’s position with regard to the Pacs is more straightforward in the former situation since the UK has an equivalent (the Civil Partner­ship).

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