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Nicola Harrington - guest blogger living in France with 7 holiday rental gites

Nicola Harrington

The term “Mademoiselle” may be a thing of the past.

I’ve always rather liked the term “Mademoiselle”, the rather chic French equivalent of Miss.

In order to simplify the huge numbers of forms that the French authorities require, it has been suggested that the “Mademoiselle” ‘tick’ box is eliminated, so all women become Madame regardless of age or marital status.

I am not quite sure by how much, removing one small box from the very long and complicated French forms will simplify the bureaucratic process…

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