Yes, we’ve done it ! Last Monday was our PACS day, so off we headed to the Palais de Justice in the 3rd arrondissement. Our appointment was at 11, and, knowing what French administrative procedures can be like, we made bets as to how long we’d have to wait. We needn’t have bothered. We arrived at 10:40, due to a great run of green lights and settled into the waiting room. There was one couple already waiting, and a smiling woman came and whisked them off a few minutes after we sat down. They returned 5 minutes later, all giggly and lovey-dovey (which was cute, because they were punks)! Sim and I looked at each other, puzzled and thinking that they’d been there for something else, but before we could say anything, the same woman came for us.
10 minutes EARLY !
Wow, France !
We were ushered into her office, and after the greeting pleasantries, were asked to verify our names and dates/places of birth on her computer screen. Everything was good, she clicked the validate button and…that was it ! She gave us four copies of our PACS receipt and an original of one of the letters we’d had to write (with about 8 official stamps on it) and wished us all the best.
We were out of there before our official appointment time !
Next stop – the Préfecture to change my titre de séjour ! Fingers crossed that they’ve taken some efficiency lessons from the Palais de Justice.