Now, You Can Legally Marry A Dead Person In This Country

Marriage is a personal affair. Each community and country has marriages happening in different styles. Marriages at a time bring together two people, two families, and two souls together. But have you ever thought that a person wants to marry a dead person? And to our fascination such kind of ritual happens in the world. Well, the world and its people never cease to amuse, isn’t it? But to marry a dead person is legal in a country is way too much to digest for a moment. Let us read more and know what is it actually. And how and why is it done? Especially where is it done.

You Can Marry A Dead Person In France… Legally

Yes! It is so, you read it correctly.

There are many bizarre stories and incidents that are apt fodder for the many curious souls around. And today we have got something which is super super strange. You would have heard a lot of strange stories and known about a lot of strange things. But trust me this one’s gonna make up to the top list.

We have all heard about different kinds of rituals that happen in matrimony all over the world.

But there is a country where you can legally marry a dead person, provided you prove that the dead person had the intention of marrying you. That the person who died wanted to marry you before death. This country is France. France is known for its elegant and classic taste and place and the culture of the country. But this is something really bizarre.

In order to marry a dead person you need to seek permission from the lawful authorities. Once you get special permission to marry the dead person from the authorities, you can go ahead and recite your part of the vows! And let me tell you this, this country is currently the world’s capital for posthumous matrimony. This is amusingly bizarre France we are talking about.

Yes, there have been instances in the country of France where women and men alike have married their dead boyfriends and girlfriends. Yes, they have married a guy who is dead. But death did not seem like an obstacle to their love in the eyes of these people. They wanted to unite with the person they love and they did it. It sounds bizarre but it also shows the love a person might hold for someone. And the lengths that people go in love.

marry a dead person
source- France 24

In 2010, Magali Jaskiewicz and her partner Jonathan George decided to get married and raise their two children together. However, just two days later, George was killed in a car accident.

Magali Jaskiewicz appealed to the French President for a posthumous marriage. She had enough evidence to prove that Jonathan George had the intention of marrying her. Hence, in 2011, her appeal was accepted and she tied the knot with her deceased fiancé.

Such a law is very beneficial to a lot of people across the globe, as they then have the power to revoke it and legitimize children who are born out of wedlock. This is actually something good that happens out of this bizarre concept of marriage. The people can also be the legal heir of the property of the deceased.

marry a dead person
source- Study. EU

But more than that, this law becomes instrumental in fulfilling the desire of many humans who merely seek the comfort of having their deceased significant other’s name attached to theirs. And to have their property and wealth. That is why this permission is not easily granted until a person proves the intention of the deceased was to marry and he/she is doing the same out of love.

Seems like somebody said it right: “Love has no limits.” And France is a country that believes in it, in its own beautiful way!


As a Literature student, Pooja is passionate about the world of words. Apart from spending hours snuggled up in a blanket with a book in hand, she enjoys digging up facts and theories about historical as well as mythological events. However, sharing them with the world is what keeps her going in life.

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