I am an EU citizen (French) living in Asia (Indonesia). I would like to take my non-EU spouse on holiday to Holland and am wondering if DIRECTIVE 2004/38/EC applies in obtaining a free short term Schengen visa without having to show bank statements and hotel bookings. We don't want to move to Europe, just visit. We will also visit the UK and Ireland and both of those countries' embassies tell me that my spouse's visa is free but the Dutch embassy says we need to apply and pay like any other tourist and also show bank statements and hotel bookings etc.
You'll still be required to obtain an entry Visa for your wife, unless she obtains residency in your home country. Unfortunately, Europe basically won't recognize your marriage in that regard until she obtains her citizenship in France as your spouse.
Are bank account statements really an issue? You just get one and go to the consulate in Indonesia. Here's a link as requested Remember that marriage by itself has no bearing on your partner's citizenship until she applies for citizenship in France.