LATEST: French superstar Johnny Hallyday's bid to become a Belgian national looks doomed to fail, because he has not lived in Belgium for three years.

The Gallic singer, 62, filed a naturalisation application at the Belgian Embassy in Paris last year (NOV05), citing his Belgian father LEON SMET as a link to the country.

But because his father was married to another woman when the singer was born, he could not legally pass on his nationality.

According to French newspaper La Derniere Heure, "The singer does not meet the condition of having lived in Belgium for three years, which is required under the naturalisation code."

Hallyday's application is being formally considered over the next few months.