I am not sure if this belongs in the Popular Media or Liturgy & Sacraments forum. Moderators, please move, if necessary.
I saw in the news that Eva Longoria and Tony Parker got married. They first had a civil ceremony with a mayor. Then they had a Catholic wedding with a priest the next day. The articles said that France requires a separate civil marriage ceremony even if a couple is going to be married in a church. This seemed odd to me. Are there any other countries that do this?