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 10 vibrant chapters in Paris, Toulouse, Marseille, Bordeaux, Strasbourg, the Riviera, Avignon, Normandy, Lyon 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, Global Women's Caucus Co-Chair
| DAF Secretary
| DA-France Treasurer
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  • News

    Lest We Ever Forget - Memorial Day Ceremonies in France

    Every year, Democrats Abroad France remembers the fallen soldiers who bravely died while serving in the US Armed Forces.  Decorating graves to remember the dead is an ancient tradition that continues to this day. In America the tradition began with those who died in the Civil War.  All are invited to attend.  Since 1918 is the 100th Anniversary of WWI, the ceremonies will be grandissime.    We will be laying wreaths in ceremonies throughout France on the graves of these heroes on the following dates:

    Memorial Day Ceremonies Meuse-Argonne May 27th at 11am 

    Memorial Day Ceremonies May 27th at St. Mihiel 4pm 

    Memorial Day Ceremonies Lafayette Escadrille May 27th at 10am

    Memorial Day Ceremonies Surennes May 27th at 2.30pm

    Memorial Day Ceremonies May 27th Oise-Aisne at 3pm

    Memorial Day Ceremonies Epinal May 27th at 10:30am 

    For more information, contact: ammattson52@gmail.com or brooke.elizabeth.burns@gmail.com

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    DAF Diversity Caucus Hosts MLK Event in Paris

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    On April 5, we honored the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. The event was held in the sanctuary of the American Church in Paris where Dr. King himself spoke in October of 1965, and the Church was full. The program was organized by co-Chair of the Diversity Caucus, Reed Kennedy, and included a welcome from church clergy, excerpts from Martin Luther King's writings. music, and speeches as well as a panel discussion on the life and legacy of the civil rights icon. A key moment featured author Jake Lamar reading the moving Letter From Birmingham City Jail from the same pulpit where Dr. King spoke.

    For those of you who could not make it to the event, here are links for few pictures (photo credit: Richard Allen) as well as athe livestream video .

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM · 3 rsvps
    Tuileries in Paris, France

    MARCH IN THE PRIDE PARADE

    STAND UP AND MARCH FORWARD FOR LGBTQI RIGHTS !

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    Our rights are under attack, we must stand up, stand together, and march with our brothers and sisters in this year's 

    PRIDE PARADE

    30 June 2018

    start time estimated at 2pm

    near Tuileries to Republique

    We will be marching with our international friends just as last year, behind our banner that welcomes all Americans regardless of party affiliation. 

    The Parade will follow the same route as last year:  Rivoli, to Sebastapol, to the Grand Boulevards, to Republique, where it will cap off with speeches, parties, fun, and pride !

    This is a serious event, but also a joyous one, so please 

    JOIN US !

    Bring a flag.  Bring a friend.  Bring a bottle of water.  Bring your fabulous self.

    IMPORTANT DETAILS :  we will gather between 1pm and 2pm at our designated point, which is column C1, position 75.   We are located between our friends the Canadians and the British, so look for flags.  (Ni Putes Ni Soumises is just behind the British).  This is close to the end of the march, as last year.  The gathering point is located on RUE ROYALE just south of the corner of RUE FAUBOURG SAINT HONORE.   If you're coming by Metro, it is recommended that you use the Madeleine stop, as Concorde will be closed, and local busses will be diverted.  Please be on site no later than 2:15.   

     

    Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 03:00 PM
    Place Des Terreaux in Lyon, France

    Families Belong Together Rally in Lyon

    We say NO to the “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy currently in place in the US.  We demand that the children already separated from their families be reunited with them.  We will not accept any cruel and unnecessary policies that lead to indefinite incarceration for children.  

    This is not what our America represents!

    JOIN our rallies taking place in Paris and Lyon!  Now is the time to stand up TOGETHER to say that we call on U.S. officials both elected and appointed to stand up for the true values of our nation.

    If you live in the Lyon/Grenoble area:

    What:     a standing rally in Lyon
    When:    Saturday, June 30th from 3-5pm
    Where:   Place des Terreaux (in front of the Hôtel de Ville), Lyon 1ère
    (Métro: Hôtel de Ville)

    Bring banners, bring a flag, bring your friends!  All nationalities are welcome.

    For printable posters, click here: Families Belong Together posters

    For more information on why we are taking action, click here: Families Belong Together

    In solidarity with Families Belong Together, Women’s March Global, DAF Diversity Caucus