France

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Welcome to Democrats Abroad France!

Democrats Abroad France is the official country committee of U.S. Democrats living in France.   DAF is one of the original founding members of Democrats Abroad and is among its largest and most active members.   We offer a wide range of activities to our members, including voter registration assistance and education, monthly member Meet-Ups to discuss political issues and diverse topics, lectures, debates and panel discussions, film screenings, parties, guest speakers and special events throughout the year--and we have a lively Facebook page where we share all the great stuff we've got going on!

DAF has recently welcomed Governor Howard Dean, Senators Tim Kaine and Kirstin Gillibrand, Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Dina Titus, businesswoman Christie Hefner, and political journalist Richard Reeves, and thanks to the magic of the internet, we have had live video dialogues with Senators Al Franken, Corey Booker, and Elizabeth Warren.  

DAF is composed of 8 vibrant chapters in Paris, Toulouse, Marseille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, the Riviera, Normandy, and the Rhone Alps, each with their own distinctive flavor and feel.  Whether it's Political Wine in Nice, a Speakeasy in Grenoble, a Stammtisch in Strasbourg or Bar Night in Bordeaux, there's something going on every month in our our chapters!  Our Womens' Caucus, Minority Caucus, and LGBT Caucus, our chapter of Young Democrats Abroad, and our Environmental and Energy Policy Interest Group likewise sponsor a variety of events throughout the year, ranging from public lectures to the Gay Pride Picnic.  There's plenty of opportunity to meet fellow Democrats and talk politics!

We are always excited to welcome new members and to help you vote from abroad, so whether you are new to France or having been living here for a while, please join with us to elect Democrats back home.  When Americans abroad vote, Democrats win, and when Democrats win, we all prosper.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer with DAF please contact us.   

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DA France Leadership:

| DAF Chair
| DAF Vice Chair
| DAF Treasurer
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  • News

    DEMOCRATS ABROAD HOLD INTERNATIONAL GLOBAL MEETING IN WASHINGTON DC

    #DAinDC  Democrats Abroad International is holding its Global meeting in Washington DC:  France is here in person: Joe Smalloover, Salli Swartz, Jonathon Holler, Connie Borde, Bob Vallier.

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) came to address the audience.  She drew on her experiences living as an American abroad in speaking to the group of international Democrats Abroad leaders gathered for day one of the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA) Global meeting in Washington, D.C.

    Gillibrand brought a powerful message of empowerment, calling on members to work towards democratizing the democracy in an important time of social activism.

    “This is a moment in time when regular people can raise their voices to be heard,” said Gillibrand.

    Former DA-France member Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland came to speak to our leaders: "Yes, I'm a progessive, because what is the point of politics if not to make progress for the people?"

    Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton from Washington, DC, reminds us that the 2018 midterm elections will be true test of our current wave of activism.  Questions from leaders for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton underline our common ground at #DAinDC: taxation without  representation, FATCA reform, residency based taxation, and voting rights for all!

    A high-point of the weekend was the presence of labor union leader Larry Cohen who heads up the new Unity Commission within the Democratic Party (DNC).  Larry stressed the importance of working together to win local elections, state elections and forming alliances with State Parties.

     

     

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    NEW INTERNATIONAL TEAM

    A new International Executive Committee was elected on Sunday May 14, 2017 at the International Global Democrats Abroad Meeting, held in Washington D.C.  Here are the five newly-elected members of the Executive Committee: 

    (from left to right): Tom Schmid, (Japan) Counsel; Alex Montgomery (Hong Kong), Vice Chair; Julia Bryan (Austria), Chair; Jeffrey Cheng (Sweden), Secretary; Lissette Wright (Canada), Treasurer.

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, July 21, 2017 at 05:25 PM · €5.00 EUR · 1 rsvp
    American Cosmograph Cinema in Toulouse, France

    Join DA Toulouse for a viewing of "I Am Not Your Negro" (VOSTF) followed by discussion and a postcard-writing session to Congress #ResistanceSummer

    Join us for a screening of "I Am Not Your Negro" at the American Cosmograph Cinema in central Toulouse on Friday, July 21, at 5:25 pm.

    This 2017 American documentary directed by Raoul Peck is based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history. The film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards.

    A member of DA Toulouse will buy a block of tickets in advance (at the discounted rate of 5€/ticket) based on the number of RSVPs we receive. Please arrive at the cinema a few minutes before the show to get your discount ticket from us and reimburse us for the 5€. Be forewarned, the American Cosmograph has a strict policy of never seating latecomers!  

    Following the film, at approximately 7pm, we'll adjourn to a nearby location for drinks, discussion and writing postcards to members of Congress as part of Democrats Abroad's #ResistanceSummer campaign.

    RSVP to daf-toulouse@democratsabroad.org/

    Wednesday, October 04, 2017 at 06:30 PM · 2 rsvps

    Political Wine in October

    This social event is open to all our members and guests.  We welcome you all to come and interact with fellow Americans in the region and engage in American political discussions.  We will give a brief presentation particularly where these issues stand in the Washington political discourse.  Join us at our new location to formalize our viewpoint as Americans living abroad.

    Parking: Palais de la Méditerranée or Palais Masséna

    Public Transport: several bus stops in walking distance: Rivoli-JoffreRivoliGambetta-Promenade

    More details to come later this year.