Applying for French Citizenship? Keep reading to learn about what your French Citizenship Test and Interview will consist of and to get some helpful, practical tips to ace them!
Table of Contents
- How to get French Citizenship
- French Proficiency Test and Citizenship Interview
- How can Learn French With Alexa and Kwiziq help me prepare for my French proficiency test and citizenship interview?
How to get French Citizenship
Obtaining French citizenship is a long and involved process that requires everything from official translations of personal documents like birth and marriage certificates to a set of precisely sized photographs.
You will also need to pass a French proficiency test as well as demonstrate your knowledge of French history and culture.
For an overview of the requirements and procedures involved in applying for French citizenship, take a look at this official video tutorial created by the French government.
We have turned this video into a two-part listening and reading comprehension exercise to help you get the facts AND practise your French at the same time!
For additional information about the conditions and requirements of obtaining French citizenship, see the official site of the Ministère de l'Intérieur.
French Proficiency Test and Citizenship Interview
In order to obtain French citizenship, you need to prove your French proficiency by either passing a test or meeting certain criteria (e.g., having a degree from a French university).
The most daunting part of the citizenship process, however, may be the interview, during which you need to demonstrate your knowledge of French history and culture. The official source of this information, the Livret du citoyen, is available as a PDF download or can be consulted at any Préfecture.
French citizenship: Language proficiency test
The French language level test includes both listening and speaking sections, but there’s a chance you might be eligible to be exempted from it.
"There are many ways to be exempted from the language test, such as having studied in a French-speaking country for example. I have two degrees from a French university, so I didn't have to take this test," said Shui when talking to us about her experience.
Another way to prove your French proficiency level and be exempted from the language test is by getting an official diploma or certificate to prove you have reached at least B1 level in all four competencies: listening, reading, writing and speaking. It must have been issued within the last two years.
There are several official tests and diplomas accepted by the French Government that will be considered valid proof of your French level. Some of them are:
If you didn’t study in a French university and cannot get an official diploma or certificate, you’ll need to prove your French level with the language proficiency test, which should take place at your local préfecture.
This part of the French citizenship process focuses on measuring your ability to handle normal communication challenges while living in France and dealing with everyday situations. It won't focus much on your grammar or accent, but rather show that you are able to communicate well enough to navigate French society.
French citizenship: History and Culture test
This is the time to demonstrate your knowledge of French history and culture. As mentioned above, you can take a look at the PDF download of the Livret du citoyen to see the official source of the information you'll need.
In our chat, Shui mentioned some examples of the questions she got asked in her interview.
"Among the questions I was asked, there was: 'What year was the loi de laïcité (law on secularity) passed?' and 'Who elects the Senate?' There were also questions about the European Union, such as: 'How many countries are in the EU?' My interviewer asked me specific questions about where I live: 'Who is your mayor?,' 'What will be the next big event in Paris?' (the Olympics), 'In what year?' (2024)," Shui told us.
You are expected to know about things like key dates in French history, French values, important symbols and governmental organisation, among other topics.
The citizenship interview should feel like a normal conversation to you. The French government's website states the purpose of the interview is to verify that you have sufficient knowledge of French history, culture and society.
In general, there are 5 main topics that will get covered in your interview:
Laws / History
Arts / Literature
Travel / France / Culture
Volunteering / Community
You might get questions about your holiday travels in and out of France. It's a good idea to mention where you have travelled in France (for any reason) to demonstrate your knowledge of and interest in the country.
There will be other questions to assess whether you are integrated into the French community, like about your hobbies and volunteering activities. You'll also want to mention if you like to read in French, watch French TV shows or go to the cinema or theatre. This will indicate that you enjoy a variety of French cultural activities.
How can Learn French With Alexa and Kwiziq help me prepare for my French proficiency test and citizenship interview?
The French resources offered throughout Learn French With Alexa and Kwiziq will help you steadily improve your language skills. We also have a series of French kwizzes based specifically on the content from the Livret du citoyen so that you can put your French to the test while simultaneously learning this essential information.
In addition to the facts and figures from the Livret du citoyen, you'll also need to demonstrate knowledge of and an appreciation for French culture. Learn French With Alexa and Kwiziq has a huge body of content related to everything from art to sports that you can use to learn more about the richness of French history and culture.
Art & Design
- Peindre comme Cézanne (Vocabulaire)
Practise your Painting vocabulary in French with this Fill-in-the-Blanks kwiz!
- Claude Monet's "Water Lilies"
Learn about the story behind the unique way Claude Monet's Water Lilies are displayed, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Changement de garde-robe (A2)
Mélanie is happy to say goodbye to winter fashion.
- Quand je serai grand
Watch this cute video of kids singing about what they'll do when they grow up, then see the lyrics in our bilingual reader
- Les métiers de ma famille (Vocabulaire)
Practise your French Job vocabulary in French vocabulary with this Fill-in-the-Blank kwiz exercise !
- Vos projets professionnels (Le Futur)
Practise Le Futur conjugations with this fill-in-the-blank kwiz exercise
- Bruxelles je t'aime - Angèle
Celebrate the Belgian capital with Angèle's upbeat love song to Brussels, while practising your French listening comprehension.
- Au Musée du quai Branly (Vocabulaire)
Practise your Museum vocabulary in French with this Fill-in-the-Blanks kwiz!
- “Mon rêve familier” de Paul Verlaine (C1)
Here's one of Paul Verlaine's most famous poems, where he reminisces about dreaming about a perfect woman.
Film & TV
- Les citations célèbres de Star Wars (Level A1-A2)
Practise your Level A1-A2 French grammar with this Fill-in-the-Blanks kwiz exercise
- La journée des sept nains (Aller in Le Présent)
Practise Le Présent of the verb "aller" with this Fill-in-the-Blank kwiz exercise
- Bretagne news - sketch by Les Inconnus
Get an (exaggerated) idea about French as it's spoken in Bretagne in this humorous sketch by Les Inconnus (a famous French trio of humorists from the 90's).
Food & Drink
- A family day at the park
Benoît will spend this Saturday at the park with his daughter Mia.
- Les enfants au restaurant (Possessive Pronouns and Adjectives)
Practise French possessive pronouns and adjectives with this Fill-in-the-Blanks kwiz exercise
- Beaujolais nouveau : ne l'appelez plus piquette !
It's that time of year again, when wine lovers gather to taste the young wine known as Beaujolais Nouveau. But is it really as good - or bad? - as they say?
Monuments, Tourism & Vacations
- À la gare
Buy some train tickets with Geoffrey and Agathe, while practising your A2 French reading and listening comprehension.
- A Creole picnic
During a visit to La Réunion, Julie and Léo went for a typical Creole meal.
- Au Restaurant de la Plage
Enjoy lunch at a beachside restaurant, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
Politics & History
- Coco Chanel
A short biography of this extraordinary woman who became a fashion icon.
- Jour de manif (Le Futur + Telling time)
Practise your conjugations in Le Futur AND telling time with this Fill-in-the-Blanks kwiz exercise
- Clovis, roi des Francs (B1)
Learn about the first king of the Franks.
Celebrations & Important Dates
- 6 juin 1944 : voyage à travers le temps
Witness the commemoration of the Allied landing in Normandy, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- Mon jour férié (Passé Composé vs Imparfait)
Practise when to use Le Passé Composé or L'Imparfait with this fill-in-the-blank kwiz exercise
- A ghost story
Hugo is visiting his mother on All Saints' Day.
Immigration & Citizenship
- Comment demander la nationalité française (Première partie)
Learn how to apply for French citizenship with the first half of this official video, while practising your French listening and reading comprehension.
- Comment demander la nationalité française (Deuxième partie)
Learn how to apply for French citizenship with the second half of this official video, while practising your French listening and reading comprehension.
- Fête de la Musique
La Fête de la Musique is an annual celebration in France and around the world. Learn a bit of its history in our bilingual audio article, then listen to a few French variety classics.
Language & Education
- Une directrice sévère (Demonstrative Pronouns)
Practise French demonstrative pronouns (celui, celle, ceux, celles) with this Fill-in-the-Blank kwiz exercise
- Vive la rentrée ! (Vocabulaire)
Practise your French School vocabulary in French vocabulary with this Fill-in-the-Blank kwiz exercise !
- Alpine French School
Learn about the Alpine French School where you can ski and learn French at the same time, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
Literature, Poetry, Theatre
- Jean de La Fontaine (Portraits français)
Learn about French poet Jean de La Fontaine, while practising your French reading and listening skills.
- Où est Charlie ? (Prépositions de lieu - A1)
Practise your location prepositions with this fill-in-the-blank kwiz exercise where we're looking for Charlie [That's Wally/Waldo's French name in the books "Where's Waldo?"]
- Alice and the Caterpillar (Alice in Wonderland)
Alice meets the mysterious Caterpillar in this adapted excerpt from "Alice in Wonderland"
- L'Eurovision en quelques chiffres (Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers)
Practise spelling out French cardinal and ordinal numbers with this Fill-in-the-Blanks exercise
- Claude Nougaro et Toulouse (C1)
Learn about the Toulouse-born singer and his deep connection to the Pink City.
- À la Fête de la Musique (A2)
Samuel really enjoyed Music Day this year.
Sports & Leisure
- Après le coronavirus
Discover Marianne's post-lockdown plans, while practising your listening and reading comprehension.
- A childhood passion
Vincent and his brother loved video games growing up.
- Carte postale
Enjoy this postcard about Magalie's stay with her grandparents, while practising your French listening and reading comprehension.
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