If you ask a British couple whether or not they have a “matrimonial contract” - i.e. a prenup agreement - they may well reply “we are not the Beckhams!!”

It may seem like a very funny question to British couples, but it is a very common one for French couples. British couples tend to draft prenuptial agreements only when one or both parties are very wealthy, which means for most people they usually do not have one.

In France, whenever a minor (under 18 years of age) is involved in a legal procedure, they may ask to be heard by the judge presiding over the case.

The most common scenario is when parents are battling for custody of a child.

Excuse me madam, what is your name?

Depending on whether you ask this question to a French or British woman, you may get a different response.