Legionnaires still need French consent to wed

16th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 15 (AFP) - France's parliament on Wednesday voted to keep a law which requires soldiers in its famed Foreign Legion to ask for official permission before marrying.

PARIS, Dec 15 (AFP) - France's parliament on Wednesday voted to keep a law which requires soldiers in its famed Foreign Legion to ask for official permission before marrying.

The obligation extends over the first five years of a legionnaire's service and subjects marriage requests to scrutiny from the defence ministry.

It also covers a French civil union known as Pacs which allows two people - heterosexuals or homosexuals - to sign a contract giving them similar rights as married couples.

Many of those enlisted in the Foreign Legion come from countries other than France, and have an opportunity to remain in France once their service is up.

The parliamentary vote came within debate over a bill to reform the French military which removed the marriage restriction for other soldiers.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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