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RE: Histoire de ma vie jusqu’à ce jour - Épisode 45 - Août 1973, Vacances au Cameroun

in #fr4 years ago

Is a person able to join the French Navy and be a citizen of another country? I'm assuming that Michel was still a citizen of Cameroon...

Just of interest, I found a Wikipedia site that lists all the official languages. There are several that have only French and English as their 2 official languages...
Cameroon, Canada, Guernesey, Jersey, and Mauritius

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Is a person able to join the French Navy and be a citizen of another country? I'm assuming that Michel was still a citizen of Cameroon...

You need to be a French citizen to become a French Navy officer. But Michel was not a French Navy officer, but an officer of the Cameroonian Navy.

Just of interest, I found a Wikipedia site that lists all the official languages. There are several that have only French and English as their 2 official languages...
Cameroon, Canada, Guernsey, Jersey, and Mauritius

Well, Jersey and Guernsey are not real "countries", and Mauritius (Maurice in French) has no official language (de jure), as indicated in its French Wikipedia page.

Langues officielles Aucune (de jure)
Anglais (langue officielle de l'Assemblée nationale)
Français (deuxième langue autorisée à l'Assemblée nationale)1

OK - now I'm going a little more off topic (sorry, curious). I can understand why you might say that Jersey isn't a country (protectorate) but Mauritius, a Republic within a Commonwealth sounds like it's own country. The handover of power from British rule/ granting of independence sounds very much like Canada's, which officially nodded a head at Queen Elisabeth up until some few years ago, when I was in my 20's. There a bunch of other recognized countries within the British Commonwealth so I'm not certain I understand what the difference is.

I can understand why you might say that Jersey isn't a country (protectorate) but Mauritius, a Republic within a Commonwealth sounds like it's own country.

Yes, I agree, Mauritius is a country, I did not say it was not one.

What I said is that in their laws, there is no official language, meaning the government documents do not need to be written in English and in French, while, at the federal level, it is compulsory in Canada and in Cameroon.

I misunderstood. Thanks!