Seventh constituency for French residents overseas

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7th constituency for French residents overseas
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French National Assembly
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  Frédéric Petit
Department none (overseas residents)
Canton none
Voters 138,329

The Seventh constituency for French residents overseas (septième 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 sixteen countries in Central and Eastern Europe – specifically, Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Kosovo (recognised by France), Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Slovakia. As of New Year's Day 2011, it contained 138,329 registered French voters. By far the greatest number of these (111,742) were living in Germany. (In contrast, there were only 121 in Albania.)[1][2][3]

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


Election Member Party
2017 Frédéric Petit MoDem
2012 Pierre-Yves Le Borgn' PS

Election results[edit]



The list of candidates was officially finalised on 14 May. There were fifteen candidates:[4][5]

The Socialist Party chose Pierre-Yves Le Borgn', whose work in the field of solar energy was based in Brussels, but who also worked in Germany, as its candidate. His deputy (suppléante) was Pascale Seux, a resident of Warsaw.[6] Le Borgn' was also endorsed by Europe Écologie–The Greens. (Europe Écologie–The Greens initially chose Pierrette Stephan-Letondor, with Florian Chiron as her deputy (suppléant).[7] A resident of Baden-Württemberg, Stephan-Letondor was a radio-journalist for Südwestrundfunk, and a member of the German party Alliance '90/The Greens.[8] The party subsequently withdrew its candidate, however, as part of an agreement whereby Europe Écologie–The Greens and the Socialist Party endorsed each other's candidate in several constituencies.[9])

The Union for a Popular Movement chose Ronan Le Gleut. Living in Berlin where he was born in 1976, he served as patent examiner at the European Patent Organisation. Martine Schöppner was his deputy (suppléante).[10][11]

Éric Bourguignon, of the French Communist Party, was the chosen candidate of the Left Front. His deputy (suppléant) was Michel Cullin.[12]

The Democratic Movement chose Xavier Fourny, with Mathieu Baudier as his deputy.[5]

The National Front did not present a candidate of its own, but endorsed Agnès Dejouy, of the small, new far-right party Sovereignty, Independence and Freedoms, which is allied to the National Front as part of the "Marine blue gathering" (rassemblement bleu Marine). Matthieu Petit is her deputy.[5]

The centre-right Radical Party and the centrist Republican, Ecologist and Social Alliance jointly chose Nicolas Jeanneté, a "cultural entrepreneur" and resident of Germany, as their candidate. Elisabeth Duda was his deputy.[9]

The centre-left Radical Party of the Left chose Sylvie Olympe-Moreau. Her deputy was Jean-Marie Langlet[5]

The centrist green party Cap 21 chose Bruno Pludermacher, a resident of Munich. He was a freelance engineering consultant. His deputy was Odette Barbosa de Lima.[13]

Solidarity and Progress, the French branch of the LaRouche movement, was represented by Elodie Viennot, with Théo Genot as her deputy.[5]

The Liberal Democratic Party chose Denis Matton. He was also endorsed by the Christian Democratic Party. Joël Bros was his deputy.[5]

The Pirate Party chose Isabelle Robin, a teacher, who lived partly in Britanny and partly near Wiesbaden, in Germany. Pointing out that the party had no funds, she campaignrf entirely online, through social media. Julien Hue was her deputy.[14]

Jean-Claude Wambre, a commercial agent established in Nieder-Olm near Mainz, ran as an independent candidate. His deputy was Hervé Messmer.[15]

Jacques Régnier, who had "lived and worked more than half his life" abroad, primarily in Germany, stood as an independent candidate, arguing that expatriates have specific needs best served by an independent. Frédéric Halfort was his deputy.[16]

Hyacinthe Muller, a student of economics and music who had been living almost all his life in Germany, stood as an independent candidate, with Raphaëlle Deliancourt as his deputy.[17]

Jacques Werckmann was an independent candidate, with Clément Renaudet as his deputy.[5]


As in other constituencies, turnout in the first round was low, with a low point of 14.8% in Serbia. Only in Albania did more than half of all registered French citizens vote (59.5%). In Slovakia, turnout was 42.3%; elsewhere, it was below 40%. Socialist candidate Pierre-Yves Le Borgn' finished first by a large margin. He was first in every country except Bulgaria, Kosovo (where he received 3 votes to Ronan Le Gleut's 5), Montenegro (7 votes to Le Gleut's 8), Poland, Romania and Slovakia.[18][19]

Legislative Election 2012: Overseas residents 7 – 2nd round
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PS Pierre-Yves Le Borgn' 11,970 56.90
UMP Ronan Le Gleut 9,068 43.10
Turnout 21, 072 23.67
PS win (new seat)
Legislative Election 2012: Overseas residents 7 – 1st round[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PS Pierre-Yves Le Borgn' 8,359 40.08
UMP Ronan Le Gleut 5,957 28.56
MoDem Xavier Fourny 1,347 6.46
Radical Nicolas Jeanneté 850 4.08
FG Éric Bourguignon 809 3.88
Cap 21 Bruno Pludermacher 805 3.86
SIEL Agnès Dejouy 740 3.55
PP Isabelle Robin 595 2.85
PLD Denis Matton 354 1.70
Independent Jacques Werckmann 351 1.68
Independent Jean-Claude Wambre 195 0.93
PRG Sylvie Olympe-Moreau 176 0.84
SP Élodie Viennot 147 0.70
Independent Jacques Régnier 141 0.68
Independent Hyacinthe Muller 30 0.14
Turnout 21,072 23.7


  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. ^ "Français inscrits au registre mondial au 31/12/2010", French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
  4. ^ "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
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "7ème circonscription : Europe centrale et orientale", Le Petit Journal
  6. ^ "Elections législatives 2012 : nos candidates et candidats", Parti Socialiste – Fédération des Français à l'Etranger
  7. ^ "Motion 13: Législatives 2012: Hors de France", Europe Écologie–The Greens
  8. ^ "Les 11 candidat-e-s EELV sur les circonscriptions législatives hors de France", EELV, 12 November 2011
  9. ^ a b "Nicolas Jeanneté : le 3e homme ?", La Gazette de Berlin
  10. ^ "Législatives : l'UMP a désigné ses candidats pour l'étranger", Le Figaro, 13 April 2011
  11. ^ "LEGISLATIVES 2012 – Vos deux premiers candidats !", Le Petit Journal, 25 April 2011
  12. ^ "LEGISLATIVES – Le Parti Communiste Français présente 7 candidats pour le Front de Gauche", Le Petit Journal
  13. ^ "Présentation de Bruno Pludermacher", Le Petit Journal
  14. ^ "Présentation de Isabelle Robin", Le Petit Journal
  15. ^ "Présentation de Jean-Claude Wambre", Le Petit Journal
  16. ^ "Présentation de Jacques Régnier", Le Petit Journal
  17. ^ "Présentation de Hyacinthe Muller", Le Petit Journal
  18. ^ a b Official results of the first round, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  19. ^ "Législatives : tous les résultats des Français de l'étranger", Le Nouvel Observateur, 4 June 2012