I am a French national residing in the U.K. with my non-EU husband. He is here on an EEA Family Permit, and will apply for the residency card when it expires (but U.K. website even says the residency card isn't technically required--odd!). We want to travel to France for 3 days. Does he need a visa? The issues underlying my question are two-fold: 1) it's a permit, not the Article 10 residence card (but holds the same weight) and 2) because I'm French and we'd be going to France, is there visa exemption when traveling to my home country? I emailed the French embassy but I think they are misinformed as they said family members of French citizens aren't covered under Directive 2004/38, which conflicts with a recent court case cited in another thread.
At this point there's no time to apply for a visa in time for our trip, so I almost want to wing it! The EEA family permit doesn't say I am French, it just says : "EEA family member to join MY NAME" I've read anecdotal accounts online with similar situations who said their spouse was not required to have a visa. It almost sounds like it depends on border control.
This information is from the French consulate FAQ page: