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Death of a U.S. Citizen

Death of a U.S. Citizen in France

The Special Consular Services Unit (SCS) of the U.S. Citizen Services Section can assist family and friends in the event of the death of an American Citizen in France. The SCS Unit can act as liaison in arranging the disposition of remains and help with forwarding personal effects if there is no one present to do so on your behalf.

Even if no assistance is needed in making funeral arrangements, the death of an American citizen, whether resident or tourist in France, should be reported to the SCS Unit so that a “Consular Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad” can be issued. This document is necessary to settle legal and estate matters in the United States.

Note: City hall issues local death certificates (acte de décès) based on a medical certificate (certificate de décès). Death certificates are different from Consular Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad.

General Procedure

When we learn of the death of an American in the Paris Consular District, we will determine as quickly as possible who the next-of-kin of the deceased is and contact that person by telephone immediately. There are several important actions that the next-of-kin must take in conjunction with the SCS unit.

You may reach us in Paris for this service, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except on French and American holidays at: 01.43.12.22.22 from France, or when dialed from the U.S. 011.33.1.43.12.22.22.  The Embassy’s emergency duty officer can be reached after working hours and on weekends at 01.43.12.22.22 from France, or when dialed from the U.S. 011.33.1.43.12.22.22 , after business hours and on weekends. You may also write to: Citizeninfo@state.gov

If the death occurred in southern France (region of Marseille, Nice or Toulouse), you may contact the Consulate General in Marseille by telephone, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 01.43.12.47.54 , or 011.33.1.43.12.47.54 when dialed from the United States, except on French and American holidays. The Embassy’s emergency duty officer can be reached after working hours and on weekends at 01.43.12.22.22 from France, or when dialed from the U.S. 01.43.12.22.22, after business hours and on weekends. You may also write to: CitizeninfoMarseille@state.gov

If the death occurred in eastern France (region of Strasbourg, départements of Meuse, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Meurthe et Moselle, Moselle, Vosges), you may contact the Consulate General in Strasbourg by telephone, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 01.43.12.47.11, or 011.33.1.43.12.22.22 when dialed from the United States, except, on French and American holidays. The Embassy’s emergency duty officer can be reached after working hours and on weekends at 01.43.12.22.22 from France, or when dialed from the U.S. 011.33.1.43.12.22.22, after business hours and on weekends. You may also write to: USAstrasbourg@state.gov