On-the-spot France

Should immigrants Frenchify their names?

Audio 04:07

In France, as in many other countries around the world, the name you receive at birth is the one you are stuck with all your life and it’s very difficult to change it. The one exception is for foreigners, at the moment they become French. As immigration continues to be a hot issue, foreigners becoming French are faced with the option of Frenchifying their names. But not everyone chooses to do so.