February 10, 2004

Vive Le Difference!

What the **** is wrong with French people?

A 35-year-old Frenchwoman became both bride and widow when she married her dead boyfriend, in an exchange of vows that required authorisation from the French president.

I kind of assumed that he must have have just passed away and that there was some really good reason for following through, but no:

The deceased groom, a former policeman identified as Eric, was not present at the ceremony. He was killed by a drunk driver in September 2002.

Well, I would think the word former would be redundant, but hey who knows? But lest you think this is some unusual request that Jacque Chirac granted as a one-off:

According to French law, a marriage between a living person and a dead person can take place as long as preliminary civic formalities have been completed that show the couple had planned to marry. Before the ceremony can take place, it must be approved by the French president.

I've heard of gibbeting the dead, but forcing the deceased to marry seems a bit much. Anway, I wish her wedded bliss with their unholy necrimony. Oh jeez, now somebody's going to want gay necrimony.

Posted by Charles Austin at February 10, 2004 09:12 PM

I wonder if the blushing bride would now have any legal claim on the deceased estate. Nah, I can't see this being abused at all.

Posted by: Jon at 09:58 AM