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…

EDITORS NOTE:

It seems quite ironic, bearing in mind that the term Ms. exists in the English language and is aimed at describing any woman, regardless of her marital status. With Miss and Mrs, there are 3 different terms being used in English, whereas with the disappearance of Mademoiselle, the French are just left with Madame.

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