I was hoping to get some marriage-paperwork advice from expats who have married French citizens.
My fiance (French citizen) and I (Singapore citizen, Australian PR) are in the midst of getting our paperwork for marriage. Our maire is in Rennes and they have provided a list of required documents for a foreigner (me), which includes the 'certificat de celibat' (certificate of celibacy). As a Singapore citizen, the cetificate of celibacy comes in a form of a 'search of marriage record' and the attestation from the Singapore embassy in France (Paris), which we have provided. The document states that it certifies that I am unmarried in Singapore, but it also states that it does not prove this status elsewhere. This official document is the only one the Singapore government can provide for the purpose of the certificate of celibacy, and according to the embassy, has been accepted for that purpose. However, the mairie of Rennes and the 'procureur de la republique' has refused this document, for reasons that I may be married elsewhere. While it will be difficult to obtain a certificate of celibacy from the rest of the world, I am applying for a 'single status certificate' from Australia, the only other place where I have been living for years.
We have filed our marriage application in January, but due to the 'certificate of celibacy' issue, the paperwork has been delayed and we are desperate and to our wit's end as we have provided the right documentation but it is not good enough. We have no idea how to proceed as the mairie is not providing other options/ideas.
If Singapore citizens who are married with a French citizen reading this, I am wondering if you could provide your mairie (location) that has accepted this document, so we can ask what is required of us for the mairie of Rennes to accept it as the certificate of celibacy. It would also be beneficial if anyone has other ideas, or who we might be able to contact to get some advice on this problem.
Thank you in advance for your time.