Third constituency for French residents overseas
French National Assembly
|Department||none (overseas residents)|
The Third constituency for French residents overseas (French: troisième 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 ten countries in Northern Europe - specifically, Iceland, Norway, Denmark (including the Faroe Islands and Greenland), Sweden, Finland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. As of New Year's Day 2011, it contained 140,731 registered French voters. By far the greatest number of these (113,655) were living in the United Kingdom, the country with the third greatest number of registered French residents in the world. (In contrast, there were only 146 in Estonia, and just one in Greenland.)
This constituency elected its first ever representative at the 2012 French legislative election.
Europe Écologie–The Greens chose Olivier Bertin. A resident of London, Bertin ran a bilingual preschool. He was also a member of the Green Party of England and Wales. Natacha Blisson was his deputy (suppléante).
The Christian Democratic Party chose Denys Dhiver as its candidate. Dhiver, who was a member of the Union for a Popular Movement as well as of the CDP, was also endorsed by France Ecologie. Jorice Samuel is his deputy.
Will Mael Nyamat stood as an independent candidate (miscellaneous left). A former member of the French Socialist Party, he left it and became a member of the British Labour Party. He was a resident of London. Dja-Tsingue Nzigou is his deputy.
Gaspard Koenig, a resident of London, was the candidate for the small French Liberal Democratic Party (which espouses economic liberalism). (It bears no relation to the British party of the same name.) Olivia Penichou is his deputy.
Marie-Claire Sparrow was the candidate of the Gathering of French Residents Overseas (Rassemblement des Français de l'étranger), related to the Union for a Popular Movement. Richard Dimosi was her deputy.
Aberzack Boulariah, an "expatriate entrepreneur", was an independent candidate. Marc Ambroise was his deputy.
Jérôme de Lavenère Lussan was a legal entrepreneur running as an independent candidate. Fahd Rachidi was his deputy.
The other independent candidates were: Bernard Larmoyer (with Virginie Charles as his deputy); Anne-Marie Wolfsohn (with Maïlys Michot-Casbas as her deputy); and Patrick Kaboza (with David Judaique as his deputy).
Although campaigning was difficult due to the sheer size of the constituency, some candidates did travel to several countries to talk to expatriates. In addition, a debate over two evenings was organised at King's College, London in late May by Le Club Démocrate (UK), with many of the candidates taking part. A number of candidates were also interviewed (separately) on French Radio London.
A major issue for voters was reportedly the cost and accessibility of French schools abroad.
With a large majority of voters living in the UK, and twelve of the twenty candidates based there (including nine in London), the UK was a focal point of the campaign.
As in other constituencies, turnout was low in the first round. Latvia was the only country in this constituency in which over half of registered French residents voted (57.3%). Turnout was also comparatively high in Estonia (41.1%) and Lithuania (41.0%). It was lowest in the United Kingdom (18.8%) and Ireland (21.8%). Nonetheless, French residents in the United Kingdom cast 72.53% of all ballots cast in this constituency.
Socialist candidate Axelle Lemaire won the first round vote by a clear margin. She finished first in every country except Estonia. Lemaire went on to win the second round by a large margin. When Lemaire was appointed Digital Affairs Minister in April 2014, her seat was taken by Christophe Premat.
|PS win (new seat)|
|PS||Axelle Lemaire||5 486||30.16||-|
|UMP||Emmanuelle Savarit||3 934||21.63||-|
|Centrist Alliance||Olivier Cadic||2 063||11.34||-|
|EELV||Olivier Bertin||1 877||10.32||-|
|MoDem||Yannick Naud||1 126||6.19||-|
|FN||Guy Le Guezennec||493||2.71||-|
|Independent||Jérôme de Lavenère Lussan||150||0.82||-|
|Radical||Olivier de Chazeaux||125||0.69||-|
|European Federalists||Christophe Schermesser||49||0.27||-|
|DVD||Will Mael Nyamat||45||0.25||-|
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