United Kingdom’s Prime Minister father, Stanley Johnson, has become a French citizen.
Boris Johnson’s father has appeared on national TV in France to celebrate “becoming French” – despite thinking that Brexit was “probably a good idea”.
United Kingdom’s Evening Standard reports that a grinning Stanley Johnson, 81, spoke fluently in the language of Molière when he appeared on BFM – the country’s largest TV news outlet – on Friday morning.
He said, “I’m very happy,” he said. “It means a lot. My mother was born in Paris. For me it’s something very precious, it’s a part of my identity.”
As presenter Bruce Toussaint congratulated him, Mr Johnson read a statement from the Ministry of Justice in Paris confirming that he “acquired French nationality on May 18 2022.”
The statement added, “This decision concerns Mr Stanley Johnson only, and does not extend to his descendants.”
French law normally prevents children of its citizens from claiming nationality if their family has been abroad for more than 50 years without making use of their rights.
A Justice Ministry source in Paris confirmed that Mr Johnson’s application “was successful” and that he would be”‘invited to an official ceremony.”