Is marriage in Gibraltar really recognized in France?


With fifteen couples formed in five seasons and four babies resulting from these unions, “Married at first sight” makes dream more and more singles in search of love. Caroline, Axel, Alicia… The new season with outstanding characters began at the end of March on M6.

Promote involvement

Estelle Dossin, clinical psychologist and Pascal De Sutter, doctor of psychology, have decided this year to upset the first meetings and take the bride and groom (even more) out of their comfort zone. “When we are faced with a form of insecurity, we are more obliged to trust the other”, explained to us before the launch of the season Estelle Dossin, the expert for whom geographical distance is a positive bias which promotes involvement. “People who meet a new person in a dangerous, unknown place have a better chance of finding the other desirable,” said Pascal De Sutter,

Marriages therefore no longer take place at the town hall of Grans, in the Bouches-du-Rhône, or even in France. Instead, the bride and groom and their families flew to Gibraltar, as seen since the broadcast began.

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Gibraltar is a British Overseas Territory located between Spain and Morocco. Almost “zero Covid” for a very long time, it has become a place where many foreigners go to get married. “In 2021, 1,488 marriages were celebrated there, 90% of which involved foreigners,” said Virginie Dhers, director of programs at Studio 89, during the press conference.

According to Google, it is even the “easiest place to get married in Europe”. The formalities are actually very simple. Once married in Gibraltar, the spouses are legally married. It is indeed an official marriage with the same legal value, which is recognized in France and throughout the world, on simple presentation of passports and birth certificates. Then, for the marriage certificate to be registered in the civil status, there are “rather simple” legal procedures to be carried out back in France.

You just need to spend one night there to be able to get married

Thus, John Lennon, Yoko Ono or even Sean Connery got married on this “Rock” (it is so called, like Monaco). “Marriages and PACS in Gibraltar are easy. Local laws do not contain any residency requirements and therefore this is a straightforward procedure and simply requires an overnight stay in Gibraltar. In addition, a recent law authorizes the head of the Civil Registry to marry couples outside the Civil Status Office, if the couples so request. There are many licensed sites for this,” does it say on the Visit Gibraltar website.

The authorities of Gibraltar are therefore not very demanding since only one night in the territory, before or after the wedding, is mandatory for it to be valid. In France, to celebrate a marriage, the law imposes an obligation of residence. “For the unions to be real, the production of ‘Married at first sight’ had to rent an apartment to each participant for a month before filming”, explains the Parisian.

If the formalities are quite simple, the language can be a problem. Because weddings in Gibraltar are celebrated… in English. In the case of “Married at first sight”, a translator was requisitioned… “yes”, “oui”!

“Married at first sight”, every Monday from March 21 at 9:10 p.m. on M6.


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