Third constituency for French residents overseas

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3rd constituency for French residents overseas
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French National Assembly
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  Christophe Premat
Department none (overseas residents)
Canton none
Voters 140,731

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.)[1][2][3][4]

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


Election Member Party
2012 Axelle Lemaire PS
2014 Christophe Premat PS

Election results[edit]



The list of candidates was officially finalised on 14 May. There were twenty candidates:[5][6]

The Socialist Party chose Axelle Lemaire, a resident of London, as its candidate. Her deputy (suppléant) was Christophe Premat, a resident of Stockholm.[7]

The Union for a Popular Movement chose Emmanuelle Savarit, with Geoffrey Party as her deputy (suppléant).[8]

The Left Front chose Lucile Jamet, with Sébastien Mas as her deputy (suppléant).[6]

The Democratic Movement chose Yannick Naud as its candidate. Marianne Magnin was his deputy (suppléante).[9]

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.[10] Natacha Blisson was his deputy (suppléante).[11]

The National Front chose Guy Le Guezennec. Gérard Berardi was his deputy.[6]

The centre-right Radical Party and the centrist Republican, Ecologist and Social Alliance jointly chose Olivier de Chazeaux as their candidate, with Nathalie Chassaigne-Rombaut as his deputy.[6]

The Radical Party of the Left chose Ezella Sahraoui. Alain Malcolm Douet was her deputy.[12]

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.[13]

The Centrist Alliance chose Olivier Cadic, with Sophie Routier as his deputy.[6]

Solidarity and Progress, the French branch of the LaRouche movement, was represented by Édith Tixier, with Yannick Caroff as her deputy.[6]

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.[14]

Christophe Schermesser, who has lived and worked in Ireland, England and Finland, was the candidate of the European Federalist Party. Danielle Schermesser was his deputy.[15]

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.[16]

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.[6]

Aberzack Boulariah, an "expatriate entrepreneur", was an independent candidate. Marc Ambroise was his deputy.[17]

Jérôme de Lavenère Lussan was a legal entrepreneur running as an independent candidate. Fahd Rachidi was his deputy.[18]

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).[6]


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.[4][19] A number of candidates were also interviewed (separately) on French Radio London.[20]

A major issue for voters was reportedly the cost and accessibility of French schools abroad.[21]

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.[21]


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.[22]

Socialist candidate Axelle Lemaire won the first round vote by a clear margin. She finished first in every country except Estonia.[22][23] Lemaire went on to win the second round by a large margin.[24] When Lemaire was appointed Digital Affairs Minister in April 2014, her seat was taken by Christophe Premat.

Legislative Election 2012: Overseas residents 3 - 2nd round[24]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PS Axelle Lemaire 9,679 54.76 -
UMP Emmanuelle Savarit 7,997 45.24 -
Turnout 18,178 20.56 -
PS win (new seat)
Legislative Election 2012: Overseas residents 3 - 1st round[22]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
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 -
PLD Gaspard Koenig 801 4.40 -
FG Lucile Jamet 671 3.69 -
FN Guy Le Guezennec 493 2.71 -
Independent Anne-Marie Wolfsohn 488 2.68 -
DVD Marie-Claire Sparrow 379 2.08 -
PCD Denys Dhiver 253 1.39 -
Independent Jérôme de Lavenère Lussan 150 0.82 -
Radical Olivier de Chazeaux 125 0.69 -
Independent Aberzack Boulariah 80 0.44 -
PRG Ezella Sahraoui 67 0.37 -
Independent Bernard Larmoyer 61 0.34 -
European Federalists Christophe Schermesser 49 0.27 -
DVD Will Mael Nyamat 45 0.25 -
SP Édith Tixier 38 0.21 -
Independent Patrick Kaboza 4 0.02 -
Turnout 18 402 20.8 n/a


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  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. ^ a b "Législatives : à Londres, pléthore de candidats et tâtonnements", Le Monde, 26 May 2012
  5. ^ "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
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  8. ^ "Législatives : l'UMP a désigné ses candidats pour l'étranger", Le Figaro, April 13, 2011
  9. ^ "Yannick Naud, Candidat du MoDem pour la 3ème circonscription des Français de l’étranger", Mouvement Démocrate Royaume-Uni et Irlande
  10. ^ "Les 11 candidat-e-s EELV sur les circonscriptions législatives hors de France", EELV, 12 November 2011 Archived January 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Motion 13: Législatives 2012: Hors de France"[dead link], Europe Écologie–The Greens
  12. ^ "Présentation de Ezella Sahraoui", Le Petit Journal
  13. ^ "Présentation de Denys Dhiver", Le Petit Journal
  14. ^ "Ma déclaration de candidature", Nyamat's official website Archived October 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Présentation de Christophe Schermesser", Le Petit Journal
  16. ^ "Présentation de Gaspard Koenig", Le Petit Journal
  17. ^ "Présentation de Aberzack Boulariah", Le Petit Journal
  18. ^ "LÉGISLATIVES 2012 - Jérôme Lussan : "Je veux être une force de frappe", Le Petit Journal
  19. ^ "Le défi : mobiliser des électeurs éparpillés", France 24, 1 June 2012
  20. ^ French Radio London: Réécoutez / Listen Again, March 2012
  21. ^ a b "Why are the French getting an 'MP for London'?", BBC News, 2 June 2012
  22. ^ a b c Official results of the first round, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  23. ^ "Législatives : tous les résultats des Français de l'étranger", Le Nouvel Observateur, 4 June 2012
  24. ^ a b "Résultats du 2nd tour - 17 juin 2012 dans la 3ème circonscription - Europe du Nord", Le Monde