For those Brits looking to retain their European status after next year's now almost inevitable Brexit, this naturalization ceremony in France is one of very few options.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITON WHO RECEIVED FRENCH CITIZENSHIP, ROBIN HOLMES, 71, SAYING:
"We're now French and happy."
Two years of Brexit uncertainty have given British expats like Amanda and Robin Holmes sleepless nights and a bureaucratic headache.
They're among thousands now taking the decision to apply for French nationality.
French Interior Ministry figures show eight times more Britons applied for nationality in 2017 than in 2015, many driven by fears that Brexit will jeopardize the lives they've built.
A long-planned summit between British Prime Minister Theresa May and other EU leaders, originally presented as the deadline for signing off on a deal, is now looming.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITON WHO APPLIED FOR FRENCH CITIZENSHIP, ROBIN HOLMES, 71, SAYING:
"We go to the market in Chef every Saturday and after about ten minutes I'm blind because I've got make-up over my glasses because of all the bisous (kissing), so we know lots and lots of people and we are very much at home here and it's fun."
The Holmeses - who both sit on their local council in western France and volunteer for local charities - arrived in 2004 under EU freedom of movement rules way before the 2016 referendum.
In the market town of Civray, local translator Eloisa Thomas is kept busy helping Brits jump through administrative hoops to secure residency rights.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) TRANSLATOR, ELOISA SIMON DOS SANTOS THOMAS, HOLDING UP FILES OF BRITISH CITIZENS' REQUESTS FOR RESIDENCY PERMITS, SAYING:
"That's the current file, there are many files inside. But those are my CDS applications (residency applications) and the ones that I'm applying. In fact I have another list to apply today so it's ongoing and it's current."
Kathryn Dobson from pressure group British in Europe wants an end to the uncertainty.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) CITIZENS RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER FOR PRESSURE GROUP "BRITISH IN EUROPE", KATHRYN DOBSON, SAYING:
"What we would say is: do what you promised. You promised us we would not lose our rights, that we would be able to live as we do now and that's all we're asking for. And in fact British in Europe are up in Brussels along with the 3 million meeting everybody to remind them that that is what they promised us."