Olivier Martinez: ‘My son will be an American, but I remain French’

As we discussed yesterday, Olivier Martinez and Halle Berry are currently in Paris, getting pap’d on a daily basis. Olivier is actually in town for a reason – he’s a judge at the Champs Elysees Film Festival. The photos of Olivier solo (in those terrible jeans) are from a film festival premiere yesterday. While speaking to reporters at the festival, Olivier confirmed that Halle Berry is expecting a boy. And he also says that his son will be “an American”.

It will be a boy come fall for Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez.

“My son will be an American, but I remain French,” Martinez told PEOPLE in Paris on Wednesday.

The actor, 47, made the comment at the opening night of the Champs-Elysées Film Festival, where he is serving as this year’s honorary president.

While joking with reporters, Martinez remarked about his experiences walking red carpets.

“It’s not the first one, not the last [I've been on],” he said with a smile. “It’s part of the job.” The actor noted differences between the press line in his home country versus the United States, where he’s lived with his actress fiancée for the past two years.

“I’m French — it’s less important,” Martinez explained.” Meaning, I remain a Frenchman in America, but I adapt to American culture. I feel good there — but I’m still a foreigner.”

“My son will be an American,” he proudly repeated.

Berry, 46, arrived in Paris with the actor on Tuesday. The couple are expected to walk the festival’s red carpet together on Thursday evening, where Berry will be the special guest of honor.

[From People]

So, Halle IS having a boy, which is what E! News’ sources claimed a while back. And I guess they’re definitely planning on having the baby in LA. I wonder if Olivier will seek American citizenship if and when he and Halle get married? Not every foreigner wants to get their green card that way, you know. My father didn’t! He only became a naturalized citizen when he needed to for his job, several years after he and my mom got married. I suspect that not only does Olivier NOT want to become an American citizen, but that he’ll only marry Halle and stay in America if and when his “nonresident alien/resident alien” status is called into question.

Oh, and congrats to Halle & Olivier on the boy!

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. CandyKay says:

    If his son is going to be an American, does that mean he and Halle want to live in the US after all? I thought they were desperate to move to France.

    • Leah says:

      Obviously the mom want to have her baby at home in US. I dont think they would be moving since her other child remains in the US
      Halle looks amazing, pregnancy really agrees with her.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      their son will be americano-french (double nationality)

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      My mom retained her French citizenship so that my brother and I can have dual citizenship. It’s actually a really good thing to do for your child IMO.

      • Liv says:

        Yep, and I don’t get why some states don’t allow dual citizenship. Germany is very strict and doesn’t allow multiple citizenships. I wonder why Kirsten Dunst got one in addition to her american citizenship.

      • Leen says:

        @Liv, Germany allows dual citizenship but they are very strict about it. They don’t allow it though if the other nationality is ‘naturalized’. Which is why Kirsten managed to get hers, she is German through her father, and she was born an American, which is why she could acquire both. If her father wasn’t and she was naturalized as a German, she will need to give up her American citizenship I believe.

        Half of my family are German citizens, and some have dual citizenship because neither citizenship is naturalized.

      • Liv says:

        Thanks for the info! I’m german, so I should know better (I mean better than I do know) ;-)

        All I know is that people who are born here but have parents who moved from another country have to choose which citizenship they want to keep – I think when they are 21 years old. What you say makes sense then, although I don’t get why people like Kirsten Dunst are allowed to have dual citizenship and why not everybody can do so. It’s hard to understand, especially in these days with globalization and everything.

      • Leen says:

        No problem :)
        I think it’s to do with naturalization than anything. So as you pointed out people from a different country have to give up their old passport if they want to be naturalized German citizens… But any person born to a German parent regardless of where they are can acquire citizenship (which is how I got mine! My mom is German) and I believe it’s the same for Kirsten.

  2. Bubbles says:

    That’s just sad. If I ever had kids kids with a foreigner, they would be half-half.

  3. Sabrine says:

    Nothing sad. Congrats to the happy couple!

  4. annaloo. says:

    WHAT exactly happened to this guy? He used to be SO HOT! Is it just in that he can’t dress himself?

    LOVE Halle’s top in those pics.

  5. Serenity_now says:

    His son will be American- but he will forever be a dickhead

  6. grabbyhands says:

    Olivier Martinez: ‘My son will be an American, but I remain a violent jerk’

    Fixed it for you.

  7. Jjelli1 says:

    Anyone else notice the dog photo bombing the last two pics?

  8. imajen says:

    Anyone else notice the dog photo bombing the last two pics?

  9. bluhare says:

    Good lord, is this guy an idiot? Of course he will remain French. He was born there. Unless he takes up American citizenship and renounces his French citizenship, he’s French legally. And even if he does take out citizenship he was still born in France; ergo, French!!

    His son can have dual citizenship no matter where he is born.

  10. Common sense says:

    Oohh Olivier, I just love his name! That is going to be one gorgeous baby boy.

  11. Debra says:

    good that he will “remain French” so when Halle gets tired of him and accuses him of being abusive and a bad father, he can crawl back to France and ugly away

  12. Violet says:

    He’s an idiot. When he and Halle break up, she’ll make sure it’s on American soil where she’ll do her best to get his visa revoked in an effort to prevent him from spending time with his son. Has he learned nothing from her custody battles with Gabriel?!

  13. just me says:

    I get the same reaction every time I see pics of him…what the hell happened??? usually extremely gorgeous men like he used ot be will age well but definitely not in his case. maybe if he let his hair grow out a bit and stop with those damn jeans! I mean, Halle has tremendous fashion sense…why doesn’t she tell him??? you know she secretly can’t stand it either!

  14. anon33 says:

    Two things:
    1) I LOVE how they are getting papped in France. I thought France was some magical pap-free land according to Halle?!
    2) She is wearing spike heels while pregnant and no one has even mentioned it.

  15. Shelbe says:

    Olivier and Halle look so in love, nothing coming between these two. The way she adores him give you hope for yourself. The best love comes from within not without, you have to be a grown-up to understand. The baby is like the cement on this incredible love. Don’t ever let him go girl, and he can fight.