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Pensioners’ life certificates: French version created by mairie

One reader was surprised to find that her mairie insisted on translating her ‘life certificate’ from the UK’s pension authority

Traditionally, many readers have had ‘life certificates’ signed by their mairie Pic: shutterstock / sylv1rob1

We have had a report of a mairie stating it could not this year sign a UK ‘life certificate’ written in English, but it would provide a version in French, instead, which could be attached and sent back, the mairie said.

‘Life certificates’ are sent from time to time by the UK pension authority, to check that pensioners abroad in countries such as France are still alive and therefore eligible for continued pension payments.

Example of French ‘certificat de vie’:

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