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Mon dieu! Our French residency permits have arrived

Between Christmas and New Year I spent five minutes on the form and sent the email

For EU nationals living in Britain and wanting to legally remain after Brexit, a letter or an email was enough to clinch it. It would have been churlish then for France not to reciprocate by relaxing its almost hallucinatory bureaucratic requirements for the British in France, allowing them to do the same. And to the…

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