Second constituency for French residents overseas

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2nd constituency for French residents overseas
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French National Assembly
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  Sergio Coronado
Department none (overseas residents)
Canton none
Voters 92,633

The Second constituency for French residents overseas (deuxième circonscription des Français établis hors de France) is one of eleven constituencies each electing one representative of French citizens overseas to the French National Assembly.


It covers all French citizens living in Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Thus it covers every country in the Americas - other than Canada and the United States, which together constitute the First constituency. Nor does it include the French overseas departments and territories in the Americas, which are part of France and form constituencies of their own: Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon (one constituency), Guadeloupe (four), Martinique (four) and French Guiana (two).[1]

It is the least populous constituency of its kind, as it contained, as of New Year's Day 2011, 92,633 registered French voters.[2]

This constituency elected its first ever representative at the 2012 French legislative election.


Election Member Party
2012 Sergio Coronado EELV

Election results[edit]



The list of candidates was officially finalised on 14 May. There were twelve candidates:[3][4]

The Union for a Popular Movement chose Pascal Drouhaud, formerly the party's director of international relations.[5]

Europe Écologie–The Greens chose Sergio Coronado (born in Chile and raised in Argentina), with Cécile Lavergne as his deputy (suppléante). He was a spokesman for Eva Joly during the 2012 presidential election campaign.[6] Coronado was endorsed by the Socialist Party, which did not presenting a candidate of its own.[7][8]

Raquel Garrido, a member of the Left Party, was the chosen candidate for the Left Front, of which she was a co-founder and which also included the French Communist Party. A lawyer, she was described as "Jean-Luc Mélenchon's international spokeswoman". Born in Chile, she moved to France with her parents after the 1973 Chilean coup d'état. In France, she became a leader of the National Union of Students, then vice-president of SOS Racisme. She was also in charge of international relations at the Workers' Force union federation, and represented France at the International Labour Organization. Her deputy (suppléant) was singer-songwriter Nilda Fernández.[9][10][11]

The National Front chose Alain-Gérard Georgi-Samaran, a resident of Paraguay who has been "an entrepreneur in South America for more than thirty years". Jean-Marie Matten was his deputy (suppléant).[12]

The centre-right Radical Party and the centrist Republican, Ecologist and Social Alliance jointly chose Joel Doglioni, a resident of Bogota, as their candidate. Doglioni was an adviser to France's foreign trade. Jean-Jacques Gaudiot was his deputy (suppléant).[13]

The centre-left Radical Party of the Left chose Thérèse Marianne-Pépin. Catherine Prost was her deputy (suppléante).[14]

Solidarity and Progress, the French branch of the LaRouche movement, was represented by Cédric Manscour, with Silvia Santorio as his deputy (suppléante).[4]

Françoise Lindemann, affiliated to the Union for a Popular Movement, ran as an independent candidate against the party's candidate. A resident of Brazil, she owned and ran a hotel outside Rio de Janeiro. Her deputy (suppléant) was Francis Javelly.[4][15]

Charles-Henry Chenut, head of a law firm in Brazil, presented himself as an independent centrist candidate. His deputy was Emmanuel Henriet.[16]

Palmira Pozo was an independent candidate. She proposed to allow her constituents to dictate her vote on every bill in Parliament. Francis Le Suave was her deputy.[17]

Jean-Marc Millet was an independent candidate, representing his France Expat Collective Vision (Collectif Vision France Expat) movement. Philippe Gillier was his deputy.[4]

Alain Terrien was an independent candidate, with Bertrang Lalague as his deputy.[4]


Turnout for the first round was low throughout the constituency, with a low point of 7% in Saint Lucia (where 34 of the 488 registered French citizens voted) and a high point of just 39.8% in El Salvador. Turnout was also comparatively high in Cuba (38.1%). Elsewhere, it was below 30%. The smallest turnout in numeric terms was in Suriname, where only 17 citizens voted, out of 148 (11.5%).[18]

Sergio Coronado, the candidate of the Greens backed by the Socialist Party, obtained a comfortable lead in the first round. He finished first in almost every country (except the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay and Venezuela), and obtained 13 of the 17 votes cast in Suriname (76.47%). The electorate on the mainstream right was split between the UMP-endorsed candidate, Pascal Drouhaud, and dissident candidate Françoise Lindemann, who succeeded in obtaining over 16% of the vote to finish third. Raquel Garrido, the Left Front's international spokeswoman, obtained her party's joint best result abroad (fourth with 8.6%), matched by Juliette Estivil in the fifth constituency.[6][18] Coronado went on to win the second round.[19]

Legislative Election 2012: Overseas residents 2 - 2nd round[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
EELV Sergio Coronado 5,977 53.63 -
UMP Pascal Drouhaud 5,168 46.37 -
Turnout 11,390 15.55 -
EELV win (new seat)
Legislative Election 2012: Overseas residents 2 - 1st round[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
EELV Sergio Coronado 4 128 35.88 -
UMP Pascal Drouhaud 2 620 22.77 -
DVD Françoise Lindemann 1 851 16.09 -
FG Raquel Garrido 990 8.60 -
Independent Charles-Henry Chenut 466 4.05 -
FN Alain-Gérard Georgi-Samaran 430 3.74 -
Radical Joel Doglioni 423 3.68 -
Independent Jean-Marc Millet 416 3.62 -
PRG Thérèse Marianne-Pépin 119 1.03 -
SP Cédric Manscour 41 0.36 -
Independent Palmira Pozo 13 0.11 -
Independent Alain Terrien 8 0.07 -
Turnout 11 680 15.9 -


  1. ^ "Les élections en 2012 à l’étranger: Votre circonscription pour l’élection des députés", French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
  2. ^ "Décret n° 2011-367 du 4 avril 2011 authentifiant la population des Français établis hors de France au 1er janvier 2011", Légifrance
  3. ^ "Arrêté du 14 mai 2012 fixant la liste des candidats au premier tour de l'élection des députés élus par les Français établis hors de France ", Journal Officiel de la République Française, 15 May 2012
  4. ^ a b c d e "2eme circonscription : Amérique Latine", Le Petit Journal
  5. ^ "Législatives : l'UMP a désigné ses candidats pour l'étranger", Le Figaro, April 13, 2011
  6. ^ a b "Législatives : tous les résultats des Français de l'étranger", Le Nouvel Observateur, 4 June 2012
  7. ^ "Motion 13: Législatives 2012: Hors de France", Europe Écologie–The Greens
  8. ^ "EELV « arrache » l’Amérique du sud au PS", France 3, 16 November 2011
  9. ^ "Présentation de Raquel Garrido", Le Petit Journal
  10. ^ "Investitures : ça bouge à gauche, ça bouchonne à droite…", France 3, 12 January 2012
  11. ^ "2e CIRCONSCRIPTION - Raquel Garrido (Front de Gauche) : "Les expatriés sont des Français comme les autres"", Le Petit Journal
  12. ^ "Présentation de Alain-Gérard Georgi-Samaran", Le Petit Journal
  13. ^ "Présentation de Joel Doglioni", Le petit Journal
  14. ^ "Présentation de Thérèse MARIANNE-PEPIN", Le Petit Journal
  15. ^ "UNE PREMIERE- Les Français d’Amérique latine vont élire un député en 2012", Le Petit Journal, 25 August 2011
  16. ^ "Présentation de Charles-Henry Chenut", Le Petit Journal
  17. ^ "Présentation de Palmira Pozo", Le Petit Journal
  18. ^ a b c Official results of the first round, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  19. ^ a b "Résultats du 2nd tour - 17 juin 2012 dans la 2ème circonscription - Amérique latine", Le Monde