France will make it easier for citizens to take their mother’s name once they are of age, Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti said on Sunday.
In an interview with Elle magazine, Dupond-Moretti said the government would support a bill proposed by LREM party lawmaker Patrick Vignal to allow children, when they turn 18, to easily change their last names. by a simple procedure at the town hall.
French citizens will be free to keep their father’s surname, take their mother’s surname, or take both in any order they wish.
It is already possible for French citizens to change their last name, but it is a long and difficult procedure which requires them to prove to the Ministry of Justice a legitimate reason for doing so.
“No one should have to reveal the inner reasons why he changed his name to the state,” Dupond-Moretti said on his Twitter account.
Many French people are proud of their last name, but not all of them.
The intimate does not have to be revealed to the State, after 18 years old, tomorrow you will have the freedom to choose once between the name of your father, that of your mother or both. / 2E6W9PWeCZ
– Eric Dupond-Moretti (@E_DupondM) December 19, 2021
The law will be voted in the coming weeks.
Dupond-Moretti added that the new legislation will make it easier to change the surname of citizens raised by single mothers or by two fathers or two mothers.
“It will be a law that will promote equality between parents and freedom for all French people,” he said.
The legislation would also be a solution for people wishing to change their last name after traumatic situations such as incest or violence by a father against the mother of his children, he said.
In 2020, 4,293 people applied for permission to change their family name in France.
(with the press wires)