Ah the holidays with family, it's really delicious, especially the sun and under the palms. It is our destination was essentially chosen by newly married couples. Us, we had not chosen for its romantic potential or for the package "newlyweds" but to meet our desire to relax. It took still play the game, with the risk of having to explain that no, we're just civil unions and not the man with whom I share the house "is not my husband, nor my boyfriend but my boyfriend." Or even my "date" or my "partner." I find these three qualifiers so poor (boyfriend, I go to a student, when I pass a girl not yet quite decided, and partner, I manage the relationship as a business) that I accepted that m ' called "Madam" and I lost my maiden name in favor of one of my man. If!
I rarely was leaving with non French couples in a long explanation of this new form of engagement and what the popular PACS. Not only because after a day of diving and a few cocktails, my audience would not necessarily follow me, but also because the PACS is a simple administrative procedure devoid of romance and rarely celebrated with a honeymoon on an island. Imagine, I was going to break the myth of the French romance!
Of course, the PACS is a form of recognition of a common life, a commitment to take care of his partner, and some financial benefits but not emotions. Moreover, I found the 15 minutes (it is expedient so we waited 3 months to get the appointment!) placed with the rather murky and heavy clerk. In silence and in a small dark room in the hall of our neighborhood, the clerk checked the dates of birth certificates, returned data in his computer and dabbed our contract. That's it. No "you may kiss the PACS", no congratulations, no applause and "Long live the PACS!". You leave with your documents directly under the arm at work, which you were absent you for just 1h. Quick, well done.
I read elsewhere on L e World at Toulouse, a PACS was celebrated a few days ago in the town hall, instead of the court, like a wedding, to strengthen the symbolic dimension of the union. Why not!
I also encourage you to visit the well detailed ticket e-zabel to know all the steps to follow. Do not worry, it's pretty simple.
I am quite surprised by the warm response of our friends when we announced our PACS. It is as if they were taught our wedding! Either I'm old-fashioned and can not inspire me to new modern forms of commitment, or I do not have quite understood the challenges of the PACS or when our friends have not understood either. It is true that these days it is rare to see thirty engage, the gesture is worth to be praised. But still, the PACS is to me far from the engagement, which include a formal proposal of marriage (with its staging, please), a ring (very important!) And an announcement by the band around the big news and why not the hypothetical date of the union, is not it?
This is not great news: I am a true romantic girl or slightly blue flower. The novel I swallowed during my vacation "Chasing Harry Winston" by the same author as "The Devil wears Prada" only reinforces the idea that girls of our generation, free, independent, ambitious, dream of find the man, the One who will declare his love and make the request in the rules of art. I have, during my stay abroad, note this very strongly among American and English women.
And you French girls, you confirm?