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I am not sure that it is an upgrade, but, to cut a long story short, I have swapped my French husband for a British one. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t change husband overnight. it is just that he became British yesterday. And he is insanely happy about it.
To be honest with you, I didn’t see much change. He is still pretty much the same. Just happier, really. He still has a French accent when he speaks English (less than me, I give him that). He says ‘mate’ to his work colleagues, which I don’t really like. And he is British now.
My friends are all horrified: a French man has a reputation of being fit and charming. (They also are supposed to have a roving eye, if stereotypes are to be believed.) Well, English husbands are slightly different, apparently. They are supposed to have a beer belly and grey hair, I am told. Some even go to the pub every now and then. In short, a British husband is far less sexier than a French one. And the same goes for the wife of a British man. Where the hell did I go wrong?
I thought that our naturalisation was some sort of regularisation. After all, we have been living in London for the best part of 9 years now. It was time to take the plunge. We are both British now. I am of course keeping my French citizenship. He is incredibly happy to be British. Why didn’t I see it coming? I thought that he would be torn. I was clearly wrong. Which team will he support for rugby? He doesn’t seem to care, as long as France or England beats the All Blacks. Things have really changed. What a difference a few years make! Where do we go from here?
I am not sure that it has sunk in yet.
I have a British husband. 
Any advice?

Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • Jenny Woolf

    Well, if legend is to believed, you can forget about those bottles of Dior perfume or fine silk scarves on your birthday and expect a pink sparkly electric razor for shaving your legs, or a makeover so you can end up looking like Jordan. Also you will start having to call him “hubby” or “‘im in there” (and you will be “‘er indoors”)

  • It could have been worse – he could have become Irish! My advice to your present husband is he should sue for being called British – he has a refutation to protect!!

  • SarahHague

    He sounds a sweetie. Love the way he’s insanely happy about being British. What does it mean? Why does he feel like that, that’s what I want to know.

  • MuMuGB

    It is an upgrade ! –

  • No time today to say much more than how funny you are today, Muriel.

    By the way, I’m back in France for a few weeks. I can guarantee you that my Deep South American husband will never go French or British. Although after all those years of fine wine I’m sure his liver speaks with a French accent.

  • All Blacks – Your British husband will shout if you get that wrong! 😉

  • Arnab

    Camping holidays in the rain in the Lake District next!!

  • LOL and more, Muriel. I would not worry, be happy for him. I’d apply for British citizenship immediately if it made me happier!

  • MuMuGB

    Go for it! Seriously, why is he so happy? I hadn’t realised that he wanted so very much to be British!

  • MuMuGB

    No, please, no! It must be freezing as well!

  • MuMuGB

    Oooops…I corrected it. Thanks for letting me know!

  • MuMuGB

    Well, that’s a start, isn’t it? I was wondering, where does this love of France come from? I must have missed something!

  • MuMuGB

    Good to know. can’t wait!

  • MuMuGB

    I have no idea. I think that he finds the French a bit annoying right now. I am not sure why.

  • MuMuGB

    Has he? Not since he married me, don’t you think?

  • MuMuGB

    Well, that’s something to look forward to, isn’t it? I can’t wait. Does your husband treat you like that Jenny?

  • LOL! Best post ever! 🙂 Laughing so hard that I don’t know what to comment!

  • MuMuGB

    Thank you Hajra! I have to admit that I didn’t expect him to be that happy! Good for him, I say.

  • I enjoyed your article. Good luck with you new British husband!