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Old 06-15-07, 11:06 AM   #1
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Does the French embassy read letters?

If you may recall, a month or so ago I got a letter from the French embassy saying that I am required to go to Boston and register for the French draft. My parents sent a letter (signed by me), saying that I will not attend. That I live in this country, and have never collected a penny of socialist benefits nor have I reaped any benefits of French citizenship.

I just got a letter saying "THe French government attests that I am all set and registered for the draft until I am 25 years of age".
Do they read letters? We wrote it in French. I think they assumed that since they got an envelope addressed from me, that I said yes I accept.
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Isn't joining a foreign army seen as treason in the US? Oops!
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If you may recall, a month or so ago I got a letter from the French embassy saying that I am required to go to Boston and register for the French draft. My parents sent a letter (signed by me), saying that I will not attend. That I live in this country, and have never collected a penny of socialist benefits nor have I reaped any benefits of French citizenship.

I just got a letter saying "THe French government attests that I am all set and registered for the draft until I am 25 years of age".
Do they read letters? We wrote it in French. I think they assumed that since they got an envelope addressed from me, that I said yes I accept.

The French have an army???? What for?
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Old 06-15-07, 11:14 AM   #5
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Isn't joining a foreign army seen as treason in the US? Oops!
I didn't join the army, apparently I am registed for another army's draft.
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Old 06-15-07, 11:14 AM   #6
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I don't think you have to worry about anything.

It's French.
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Old 06-15-07, 11:15 AM   #7
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maybe that's not even what the french letter said, maybe they are telling you of the sale going on at Old Navy
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Old 06-15-07, 11:17 AM   #9
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what are they gonna do, invade NH to get ya?
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Old 06-15-07, 11:19 AM   #10
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how bizarre!
Brother Pele's in the back, sweet Zina's in the front
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How bizarre
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Old 06-15-07, 11:26 AM   #11
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Just find the nearest US Military installation to your house, report there and surrender. That should fulfill your obligation to the French.
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Old 06-15-07, 11:30 AM   #12
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Just don't go to France til you're 26.
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Old 06-15-07, 11:30 AM   #13
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Welp guess you're in the draft then.
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Sounds like plain old bueaucratic crapola. If you travel on an American Passport and avoid France and its possessions then why worry. They have registered you for their draft, so what? Can they come get you? NO!

Since they were so kind to register you you saved money on the trip to Boston. Just play along. What can they really do? Oh! I would not go into their embassy. What if they seize you as a French Citizen? Probably would not happen but who knows. You'd be shipped back to France and made to serve or be jailed!
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Just find the nearest US Military installation to your house, report there and surrender. That should fulfill your obligation to the French.

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The Legion and the Paras are pretty good......
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Did you send your letter registered? Perhaps you need to contact the State Department for advice on this situation. You may just have to renounce French citizenship.
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Did you send your letter registered? Perhaps you need to contact the State Department for advice on this situation. You may just have to renounce French citizenship.
so you are saying I was right?
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I say you go. Seriously. Report to Boston and explain your situation. If they force you to participate in the draft, sue them and use the money for college.
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Just let them draft you. I hear they serve wine and cheese at every meal and you don't have to shower for the whole time you serve.
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Seems to me your mistake was responding to their letter in the first place. You verified your existence and address, and they then were able to register you for the draft because you had confirmed you were out there. It's not like they were offering you a choice to opt out.
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Seems to me your mistake was responding to their letter in the first place. You verified your existence and address, and they then were able to register you for the draft because you had confirmed you were out there. It's not like they were giving you a choice, they were just checking up on your existence.
i think that's likely the case.

similar to spam emails.
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You sent it in French, perhaps they don't understand French?
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If you are a French citizen, you are obligated to register for the French military draft just as USA citizens living overseas are required to do the same. If you are a USA citizen and received draft registration instructions, that is interesting, indeed and worthy of bringing to the bars as a conversation piece.

Again, however, if you are a French citizen, the embassy is correct that you are obligated to register no matter where you live in the world. In case you don't know, you are also supposed to file taxes with the French government as well even though you live and work in the USA.

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