File No. 23876/1.
Ambassador Bacon to the Secretary of State.
Paris, March 24, 1910.
Sir: Referring to the department’s No. 29, of February 16, 1910, I have the honor to forward herewith a copy and translation of the note dated March 10, with memorandum, which I received from the minister of foreign affairs in reply to my query in pursuance of your instructions, as to whether Mr. Rene Dubuc, who was naturalized as a citizen of the United States through the naturalization of his father under our law, would be held liable to perform military service should he place himself within French jurisdiction for a short time.
As you will observe in the above-mentioned memorandum, in the absence of conventions the French tribunals declare to be French minor children of French parents naturalized in foreign countries during their minority. Mr. Dubuc, according to French law, is therefore French, and consequently subject to all the obligations of a Frenchman, notably those of military service. His naturalization abroad will not cause him to lose his quality of Frenchman except if it has been authorized by the French Government. (Art. 17, par. 2, of the Civil Code.)[Page 515]
Mr. Pichon further states that the keeper of the seals, after informing him that Mr. Dubuc solicited, through the medium of Mr. John Gibson Hale, attorney and counselor, Marquette Building, Chicago, the necessary authorization to become an American citizen, in order that his naturalization be recognized in France has requested him to inform the petitioner that by reason of his minority, he being born in Paris on February 20, 1890, he could not now be authorized to change his nationality, and that after the 26th of February, 1911, when he will have attained his majority, if he persists in his intention, he should renew his request and annex thereto his birth certificate, that of his father, and the naturalization papers of the latter.
In compliance with this request the minister of foreign affairs states that he has instructed the French consul at Chicago to bring to the notice of Mr. Dubuc the above information.
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