Marriage/PACS and residence
A Non-French person married or joined by a PACS to a French person can obtain a “private and family life” residence permit if he/she entered legally on the territory. This document allows the person to work. It is valid for one year and renewable when issued as a 1st residence permit. It is valid for four years after the 1st renewal. For more information, go to service-public.fr (in French only).
After three years of marriage and legal stay in France, and if the couple is still having a joint life, a 10-year residence card can be issued for the foreign person married to the French citizen. For more information, go to service-public.fr (in French only).