Britons are applying for French citizenship to retain their burgundy passports
Twice as many UK citizens have applied to the gain French citizenship during the first quarter of 2017 – more than the total amount for the whole of 2016.
There were also 39 per cent more declarations of French citizenship by marriage than in the equivalent period last year, according to the Times.
The three principal routes to French citizenship are reportedly marriage, residence or parentage.
Britons who have been married to a French citizen for at least five years are eligible to apply for citizenship.
British spouses who have lived in France for at least three years of their marriage can gain citizenship within four years.
Explaining the recent surge in French citizenship applications, embassy officials claimed Britons wanted to vote in the French presidential election next month.
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The rise in French citizenship applications mirrors a surge in demand for Irish passports.
In the first 10 months of last year, the Irish Republic received 58,015 applications from Britain, which was 42 per cent higher than the same period in 2015.
This data contrasts reports of Britons trying to obtain Spanish citizenship after Brexit. Around 500 ex-pats want to lose their British citizenship because they “do not recognise their country anymore”, according to Diario Sur.
The 310,000 Britons living in Spain are sick of “being treated like bargaining chips” and are turning away from their homeland as a result.
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British ex-pats who have live in France for five years can also apply for French citizenship as long as they can demonstrate integration and knowledge of the language.
Dark blue passports are reportedly set to make a return in 2019, after Britain leaves the European Union.