Thanks Annie, I do not need a consulate, it's a final divorce document that must be applied for by a French Notaire, It has to be the original and not a copy, also do not need it to be translated.can you go to your consulate? We needed documents notarized so we had them done at our consulate. There are also places online that will notarize document for you. They will or may require you to mail your docs to them and then they send them back to you.
You could try asking the French consulate in the UK how you can find a French notary to request the document from Nantes.
Alternatively call the Service Central D'Etat Civil on +33 08.26.08.06.04, or send them a letter asking them how to go about it - their address is
Service Central D'Etat Civil
11 rue de la Maison blanche
44941 NANTES CEDEX 9
They may be able to put you in touch with a notaire.
I've spoken to the lawyer/tribunal, it is from them that I was told that it is registered in Nantes, and that it can only be requested via a French notaire. I have the same information from the French consulate. I've tried to find a UK firm who has contacts in France, only one firm offered any advice and gave me a couple of names, both of which did not reply.You may need to look for a solicitor in the UK who works with French notaries if the French Consulate in the UK can't assist. Usually Nantes would advise those overseas to request documents relating to their Etat Civil through the French Consulate in their country of residence. I do know, though, that in some circumstances the Consulate will tell you that the request has to come via a French notary, but not for normal run of the mill Etat Civil documents. This is potentially not run of the mill. You should have received the document through the divorce process, if you are not French it will not be registered on your birth certificate. If you didn't receive the document at the end of the divorce proceedings, you should perhaps contact the lawyer who dealt with the matter, or the Tribunal that approved the divorce.