Sixth constituency for French residents overseas

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6th constituency for French residents overseas
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French National Assembly
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 Joachim Son-Forget
Departmentnone (overseas residents)
Registered voters145,108

The Sixth constituency for French residents overseas (sixième 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.


This constituency is the smallest of the eleven by area. It covers two countries: Switzerland and Liechtenstein. As of New Year's Day 2011, it contained 145,108 registered French voters. Virtually all of these live in Switzerland, which has a greater number of registered French residents than any other country in the world.[1][2][3]

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


Election Member Party
2012 Claudine Schmid UMP
2017 Joachim Son-Forget REM
2018 Independent

Election results[edit]


Candidate Label First round Second round
Votes % Votes %
Joachim Son-Forget REM 16,273 63.55 17,460 74.94
Claudine Schmid LR 4,036 15.76 5,838 25.06
Jean Rossiaud ECO 2,037 7.96
Emmanuelle Boudet FI 1,404 5.48
Jean-Claude Marchand FN 741 2.89
Geneviève Marion DVD 383 1.50
Vincent Souchaud DIV 224 0.87
Joseph Kuszli DVG 131 0.51
Martine Lerond EXD 111 0.43
Tie Watanabe DIV 70 0.27
Fabienne Lefebvre PCF 68 0.27
Pierre Augustin DIV 56 0.22
Ernesto Priarollo DVD 51 0.20
Odile Leperre-Verrier PRG 20 0.08
Votes 25,605 100.00 23,298 100.00
Valid votes 25,605 99.46 23,298 97.30
Blank votes 47 0.18 521 2.18
Null votes 92 0.36 126 0.53
Turnout 25,744 20.19 23,945 18.78
Abstentions 101,742 79.81 103,525 81.22
Registered voters 127,486 127,470
Source: Ministry of the Interior



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

The Socialist Party chose Nicole Castioni, a resident of Geneva, as its candidate. She was a magistrate in the Criminal Court of Geneva, and, having dual French and Swiss citizenship, was an elected representative in the Parliament of Geneva from 1993 to 2001. Her deputy (suppléant) was Louis Lepioufle, also a resident of Geneva.[6]

The Union for a Popular Movement chose Claudine Schmid. Sébastien Brack was her deputy (suppléant).[7]

Europe Écologie–The Greens chose Ximena Kaiser Morris, with Jean Rossiaud as her deputy (suppléant).[8] A resident of Lausanne, Kaiser Morris was also a member of the Green Party of Switzerland.[9]

The Left Front (which unites several parties, most notably the French Communist Party and the Left Party) chose Magali Orsini, a long-term resident of Geneva and active participant in that city's left-wing politics. She was a Chartered Accountant, former lecturer in tax law and former assessor. Pierre Gauthier was her deputy (suppléant).[10]

The National Front chose Christiane Floquet. Serge Mohler was her deputy (suppléant).[5]

The centre-right Radical Party and the centrist Republican, Ecologist and Social Alliance jointly chose Marie-Françoise d'Anglemont as their candidate, with Marcel Paquier as her deputy (suppléant). She had dual French and Swiss citizenship, and had a political career in the Swiss Canton of Geneva.[11]

The Radical Party of the Left chose Laila Barki, who worked in pharmaceuticals in Geneva. Philippe Berger was her deputy (suppléant).[12]

The Pirate Party chose Romain Devouassoux, with Xavier Gillard as his deputy.[5]

Solidarity and Progress, the French branch of the LaRouche movement, was represented by Odile Mojon, with Christophe Laverne as her deputy. Mojon, who worked as a documentarist translator, had dual French and Swiss citizenship.[13]

Joseph Kuzsli was the candidate of the European Social-Democratic Party, with Pierre Baccale-Ramonatxco as his deputy.[5]

Micheline Spoerri, former Minister for Police and Security in the government of the canton of Geneva, stood as the candidate of the "Independent Right". Jean-Patrick Bourcart is her deputy.[14]

Pierre-Jean Duvivier, a resident of Switzerland, was an independent candidate, wishing to "strictly defend the private sector against the multiple attempts to constrain it". Tatiana Zhyvylo was his deputy.[15]

Didier Salavert described himself as an "independent liberal" candidate, in the French meaning of the word (i.e. classical liberalism). Pierre Chappaz was his deputy.[16] He was endorsed by the Liberal Democratic Party.[17]

The other independent candidates were: Bernard Garcia (with Gloria Giol as deputy); Guy Broustine (with Isabelle Lovera as deputy); Sébastien Jacques (with Annat Jacques as deputy); Nicolas Miguet (with Guillaume Barthelemey as deputy); Serge Cyril Vinet (with Sylvie Boutard as deputy); Christian Robert (with Tatiana Robert as deputy); Didier Tailliez (with Jean-Michel Barreyre as deputy); and Gérard Andrieux (with Geneviève Berthin-Hugault as deputy).[5]


As in the other expatriate constituencies, turnout in the first round was low. It was one of only three expatriate constituencies in which the main candidate of the right finished first.[18][19]

Independent candidate Sébastien Jacques received a single vote (out of 23,390 votes cast). He had stood as representative of the International Capitalist Party, his main platform being the adoption by France of the Swiss fiscal model, and a rejection of the French government's "nauseating and unhealthy" efforts against tax evasion by expatriates.[18][20]

Legislative Election 2012: Overseas residents 6 - 2nd round
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UMP Claudine Schmid 13,525 57.54 -
PS Nicole Castioni 9,982 42.46 -
Turnout 23,872 22.38
UMP win (new seat)
Legislative Election 2012: Overseas residents 6 - 1st round[18]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UMP Claudine Schmid 7 925 34.20 -
PS Nicole Castioni 6 276 27.09 -
EELV Ximena Kaiser Morris 1 280 5.52 -
FN Christiane Floquet 1 223 5.28 -
DVD Micheline Spoerri 1 151 4.97 -
DVD Didier Salavert 1 106 4.77 -
FG Magali Orsini 900 3.88 -
Radical Marie-Françoise d'Anglemont 867 3.74 -
Independent Bernard Garcia 625 2.70 -
Independent Serge Cyril Vinet 517 2.24 -
ESDP Joseph Kuzsli 248 1.07 -
PP Romain Devouassoux 245 1.06 -
Independent Gérard Andrieux 223 0.96 -
Independent Nicolas Miguet 214 0.92 -
PRG Laila Barki 113 0.49 -
Independent Christian Robert 85 0.37 -
SP Odile Mojon 75 0.32 -
DVD Pierre-Jean Duvivier 71 0.31 -
Independent Didier Tailliez 19 0.08 -
Independent Guy Broustine 5 0.02 -
Independent Sébastien Jacques 1 0.00 -
Turnout 23 390 21.9 -


  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. ^ "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 Candidates for the fifth constituency, in Le Petit Journal
  6. ^ "Elections législatives 2012 : nos candidates et candidats", Parti Socialiste - Fédération des Français à l'Etranger
  7. ^ "Législatives : l'UMP a désigné ses candidats pour l'étranger", Le Figaro, April 13, 2011
  8. ^ "Motion 13: Législatives 2012: Hors de France" Archived 2012-04-18 at, Europe Écologie–The Greens
  9. ^ "Les 11 candidat-e-s EELV sur les circonscriptions législatives hors de France" Archived 2012-01-14 at the Wayback Machine, EELV, 12 November 2011
  10. ^ "Présentation de Magali Orsini", Le Petit Journal
  11. ^ "Présentation de Marie-Françoise d'Anglemont de Tassigny", Le Petit Journal
  12. ^ "Présentation de Laila Barki", Le Petit Journal
  13. ^ "Présentation de Odile Mojon", Le Petit Journal
  14. ^ "Présentation de Micheline Spoerri", Le Petit Journal
  15. ^ "Présentation de Pierre-Jean Duvivier", Le Petit Journal
  16. ^ "Présentation de Didier Salavert", Le Petit Journal
  17. ^ Véron, Aurélien (20 May 2012). "Candidats soutenus par le Parti Libéral Démocrate aux législatives 2012" (in French). Liberal Democratic Party. Archived from the original on 24 May 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  18. ^ a b c 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
  20. ^ Sébastien Jacques' official campaign leaflet, hosted on the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs