French Law & Weddings

The only marriages which are legally recognised in France are civil marriages.
No-one can be married in a church until they have had a civil ceremony.
To have a civil ceremony in France requires one of the partners to have lived in France
continuously for 40 days before the civil ceremony.

Most couples who want to hold their wedding in France organize a very simple
low key civil ceremony in their own country and then come to France
for either a religious or non-denominational ceremony and the celebration afterwards..