France

We are Democrats Abroad France

We are one of the largest and one of the oldest country committees of Democrats Abroad - the official Democratic Party arm for the millions of Americans living outside the United States. We are a volunteer-based organization with a presence across France.

Our mission:   To provide Americans living in France a voice in our government and to elect Democrats by mobilizing the overseas vote.

Our Chapters: Wherever you are in France, there is a chapter with events for our members. Click on a link to find your local chapter:

Avignon

Bordeaux

Brittany

Grenoble

Lyon

Marseille

Montpellier

Normandy

Paris

Riviera

Strasbourg

Toulouse

Our Caucuses: We have several active caucuses that focus on specific constituencies:

Our activities: These range from monthly get-togethers, lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and guest speakers to political rallies and marches!  And more…

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Please consider DONATING to Democrats Abroad France. Your generosity helps Democrats Abroad France make sure that Americans living in France vote and make a difference in US elections. Every donation counts!

Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us.

DA France Leadership:

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| DA France National Chair; Global AAPI Caucus Steering Committee
Jonathon Holler
| DAF Vice Chair
Marjorie Bernstein
| DAF Secretary
Meredith Wheeler
| DAF Vice Chair (Chapters Liaison); DAF-Toulouse Member-At-Large
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  • News

    2021 DA France National Elections - The Candidates

    2021 DA FRANCE NATIONAL ELECTION CANDIDATES

    The nominations period for the 2021 DA France National Election has now closed. Thank you to everyone who has expressed an interest in running for something. Please find below statements for the candidates standing for election.

    The National Election will take place online as part of the 2021 National Election and Annual General Meeting on April 17, 2021 starting at 2PM. RSVP here. All members of Democrats Abroad France are welcome to attend the meeting, hear candidate speeches, and to vote at that time. Additionally, all members of Democrats Abroad France will also receive a link to the Early Voting ballot via email. Voting early in advance of the Election on April 17, 2021 is optional, and is provided to encourage all members to vote even if they cannot attend the Election Meeting. As a result, no nominations from the floor will be accepted.

    Want to meet the candidates before Election Day? Come to a "Meet the Candidates" Mixer via Zoom on Sunday April 11, 2021 at 3PM. RSVP here.

    You must be a member of Democrats Abroad France in order to vote. New members are welcome but must join by April 15. To join: www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021. Questions? Contact the DA France Election Board at [email protected]

    If you are a member of Democrats Abroad France and do not receive a link to the online ballot but would like one, please email [email protected]

    Democrats Abroad France Election Board
    Kate Barrett, Didier Moutou, Linda Martin

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    CALL FOR CANDIDATES: National Officers and Voting Representatives

    UPDATED MARCH 17: THE DEADLINE FOR NOMINATIONS AND CANDIDATE STATEMENTS IS EXTENDED TO THURSDAY MARCH 25

    Democrats Abroad France will conduct its Annual General Meeting and National Leadership Election on April 17, 2021 (via Zoom). RSVP here.

    The nominations period for candidates is closed -- see Candidate Statements here.

    All members of Democrats Abroad France may stand for election. People from under-represented communities are encouraged to apply. Candidates are sought for the following positions, per the DA France Bylaws of March 2020:

    The Chair

    The Chair shall be the chief executive officer of Democrats Abroad France (DA France), shall call and preside at all meetings of members and of the Executive Committee, establish the agenda of such meetings, and shall be responsible for carrying out the programs, policies, and activities duly approved by the members and the Executive Committee. The Chair is also the primary Officer representing DA France in Democrats Abroad and shall attend Democrats Abroad Global and Regional meetings to the extent practical.

    The Chair and First Vice-Chair with the advice of the other Officers may allocate between themselves the duties of the Chair. 

    The Chair or any Officer delegated by the Chair to do so, shall be entitled to sit on all Standing and Ad Hoc Committees, with full voting privileges. Decisions or actions taken by the Chair may be overruled by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Executive Committee. The Chair is an ex-officio member of Democrats Abroad and should attend meetings to the extent practical.

    First Vice-Chair

    The First Vice-Chair shall assist and support the Chair in the execution of the Chair’s duties, and shall, in the absence of the Chair call and preside at meetings of members and of the Executive Committee. 

    The First Vice-Chair shall be a member and represent DA France in Democrats Abroad at the Global and Regional level, should attend meetings of such bodies to the extent practical, and shall report monthly to the Executive Committee the current activities of the Democrats Abroad leadership. 

    In addition to the shared responsibilities of the Chair allocated to the First Vice-Chair, if the office of Chair shall become vacant the First Vice-Chair shall assume the responsibilities of the Chair and the Vice-Chair-Chapter Liaison shall act as First Vice-Chair.

    Second Vice-Chair (Chapter Liaison)

    The Second Vice-Chair (Chapter Liaison) shall be charged with monitoring the activities of, and supporting the Chairs of the Chapters and Subchapters, and implementing the decisions of the Executive Committee and Officers insofar as they pertain to the Chapters and Subchapters.

    The Second Vice-Chair (Chapter Liaison) shall upon election to the office of Second Vice-Chair be a Voting Representative and member of Democrats Abroad, and shall with the Chair and First Vice-Chair attend meetings of Democrats Abroad to the extent practical, and shall report monthly to the Chapter and Subchapter Chairs the current activities of the Executive Committee and Global and Regional Leadership of Democrats Abroad.

    Secretary

    The Secretary shall take and archive minutes of Executive Committee meetings and all Annual General and Special Meetings of the members and maintain the current list of members of DA France in collaboration with the Database/IT Manager.

    The Secretary shall maintain and safeguard all files and administrative records of DA France. The minutes of all meetings shall be made available to all DA France members without undue delay. The Secretary shall notify the members of the results of all national and Chapter and Subchapter and Caucus elections and of the admission or change in status of any Chapter, Subchapter or Caucus.

    The Secretary shall be responsible for direct communication with members on matters that concern the entirety of DA France, in collaboration with the Communications Coordinator.

    Treasurer

    The Treasurer shall manage the finances of the organization, prepare a budget and cash flow forecast as required by the Chair for approval by the Executive Committee, request and receive financial periodic reports from the Chapters, maintain its financial reports to members, make and maintain such financial reports as may be required by law, and have joint signature authority with the Chair on all DA France bank accounts. All such records shall be available for review by the Executive Committee and by the International Treasurer of Democrats Abroad.

    The Treasurer shall consult with the International Treasurer of Democrats Abroad from time to time on matters concerning the maintenance of financial records and financial reporting (notably to the United States Federal Election Commission).

    Counsel

    The Counsel shall be available for consultation by the Executive Committee and the Chapters on legal and procedural questions relating to DA France and its activities. The Counsel shall consult with the International Counsel from time to time on relevant matters, including notably questions on voting issues and financial record keeping and compliance with the rules of the United States Federal Elections Commission (and any successor thereto) by DA France and its activities.

    The Counsel with the Chair shall ensure the organization is in compliance with French laws and regulations.

    National Membership Database/IT Manager

    The National Membership Database/IT Manager will be responsible for maintaining the membership database and for maintaining the operation and integrity of the national organization’s and each Chapter’s website and other multimedia platforms such as Facebook and its successors. The Database/IT Manager will be familiar with and act as the administrator of the platform system or systems used by Democrats Abroad to maintain its membership. The Database/IT Manager will collaborate with the Membership Outreach Coordinator during the organization’s membership verification exercises. The Database/IT Manager will advise the Executive Committee on available measures to protect the security of the database and communications against data theft and malicious infiltration and corruption. The Database/IT Manager shall upon request provide data to members of the Executive Committee. 

    The Database/IT Manager may be appointed by the Executive Committee and if so appointed will be a non-voting member of the Executive Committee. 

    GOTV Officer

    The GOTV Officer will be responsible for designing and supervising the execution of the organization’s national voter registration and GOTV strategy on multiple platforms including “on the ground” efforts and via social media. As such, this officer will liaise with both the Global GOTV committee and with the persons responsible for GOTV activities in each Chapter and Subchapter.

    The GOTV Officer will be familiar with the relevant federal and state laws and regulations concerning absentee voting and voting from abroad (including the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) and be available to consult with members concerning voter registration requirements and deadlines in each State.

    Communications Coordinator

    The Communications Coordinator will be responsible for designing, implementing and coordinating the communications activities of the organization, including direct contact with members and interested persons via the international, national and local websites, use of social media, notably Facebook and Twitter and similar, French and English press communications, and a monthly newsletter to members.

    The Communications Coordinator will collaborate with Officers and other members having appropriate skills and experience to assist in the implementation of a coordinated Communications strategy both on a national and Chapter level. The Communications Coordinator will report to the Chair monthly on activities undertaken and planned.

    Issues, Programs and Events Coordinator

    The Issues, Programs and Events Coordinator will design and coordinate the organization’s initiatives, including global and national town halls, debates and speaker events, to educate and advance discussion on contemporary U.S. political issues. The Coordinator will assist Chapters to plan and organize local events such as lunches, dinners, wine-tastings, holiday gatherings, venues for significant speakers, etc. for membership development and fund- raising, and shall help promote these events on the website and social media in collaboration with the Communications Coordinator and Database/IT Manager. The Coordinator at the close of each month will notify the Executive Committee of the result of any activities undertaken. 

    Membership Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator

    The Membership Outreach/Volunteer Coordinator designs and implements the strategy for developing the Chapters, Subchapters and member base and to recruit and organize volunteers to be involved in projects identified by the Executive Committee. The Coordinator will be responsible for contacts with American groups in France, including study abroad programs, and participate in networking activities with a view to developing new members. The Coordinator will collaborate with the Secretary and Database/IT Manager to assure that the membership of DA France is validated annually, and shall coordinate all volunteer outreach activities, including phone-banking. 

    Voting Representative

    The Charter of Democrats Abroad (Article 2 and Article 3) and the DNC provide for participation of DA France and other Country Committees in certain conventions, meetings and candidate and policy selection. Membership in Democrats Abroad and voting rights are allocated to the Chair, the First Vice-Chair and Voting Representatives elected by the members of DA France at the Annual General Meeting.

    Voting Representatives are required under the Democrats Abroad Charter to be elected in accordance with the gender balance rules of Democrats Abroad.

    [Note that a total of 9 Voting Representatives will be elected.]


    ELIGIBILITY

    Candidates should be members of Democrats Abroad France, US citizens 18 years or older, living in France from the time of their nomination, and be able to serve a full term of two years. Every eligible member with interest, ability, conviction and ideas is encouraged to run. Previous organizing experience is welcome but not necessary. Those from under-represented communities are encouraged to apply. To join Democrats abroad, go here: www.DemocratsAbroad.org/join.

    NOMINATIONS

    Interested parties may self-nominate, or nominate someone by Thursday, March 25 to [email protected]fr

    • If you are self-nominating, please include your name and the position for which you are running. If you are nominating another person, please be sure to copy them on the email.
    • Candidates are asked to provide a candidacy statement not exceeding 200 words about who they are, and why they are running. Please also indicate your gender (male, female, or non-binary), and also whether you can be contacted by voters for questions about your candidacy. Final candidate statements should be submitted by March 25th. The information provided will be published on the DA France website, and providing this information to us affirms your consent for this use and purpose.
    • Optional endorsements are permitted. An endorsement should include the endorser’s name, title (if any), and an endorsement statement not exceeding 100 words. US citizens only please. Limit 3. Endorsements should also be submitted by March 25th.
    • Early voting will be made available via online ballot after Candidate Statements are published on Saturday, March 27.
    • *(UPDATED) Meet the Candidates” Mixer on Sunday, APRIL 11 @ 3PM for one hour via Zoom. Attendance is optional, but it is offered as an opportunity for voters and candidates to connect. RSVP here.
    • RSVP for the Election & AGM on April 17, 2021. Candidates should be prepared to attend the Leadership Elections and AGM and to speak for their candidacy (1-2 minutes). The Election Board will contact candidates to confirm the length of time allotted for speeches prior to Election Day, as this depends in part on the number of candidates participating. Results will be announced at the meeting after the close of voting, and time needed to tabulate results. RSVP here.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    We are hosting two informational meetings to answer your questions about running for office. Please join us on Sunday, March 14th at 11am and/or Monday, March 15th via Zoom. (Updated March 17: These sessions have passed, but you can see the slide presentation here.) Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

    The National Election Board for Democrats Abroad France

    Kate Barrett (Chair)
    Didier Moutou
    Linda Martin
    election[email protected]

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, April 16, 2021 at 07:00 PM Paris Time · 13 rsvps
    via Zoom in Paris, France

    Political Forum: Special Weekly Edition - The First Hundred Days


    Join Political Forum host Jean-Pierre LaRochelle and leaders of Democrats Abroad France in this Special Weekly Edition of Political Forum - The First Hundred Days. We will discuss current events with a special focus on the critical first hundred days of the Biden Administration. Send your questions to [email protected]

    Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 02:00 PM Paris Time · 142 rsvps
    via Zoom in Paris, France

    2021 DA France National Elections and Annual General Meeting

    Please RSVP by APRIL 15, 2021 to be registered to vote at this meeting

    Join us for the biennial election of the National Democrats Abroad France (DA France) Officers and Voting Representatives. The national elections and meeting will be held on April 17, 2021 online via Zoom from 2 PM. We will hear candidate speeches and elect a new Leadership team for Democrats Abroad France, hear about how DA France will continue its important work on US elections and political engagement heading into the 2022 midterms and with eyes on 2024, and vote on proposed Bylaws changes.

    For more information on the nominating process and the Call for Candidates, please see here.

    The nominations period has now closed. To see the Candidates Statements, please see here.

    Stay tuned - this page will be updated with agenda details.

    2021 NATIONAL OFFICER AND VOTING REPRESENTATIVE ELECTIONS

    All members of Democrats Abroad France are welcome to attend and vote in the DA France National Officer and Voting Representative Elections on April 17. You will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates themselves prior to the close of voting and final tabulation of results. All members wanting to vote at the meeting are asked to register to vote by virtue of RSVP for this meeting, below, on or before April 15th -- this allows the DA France Election Board to prepare the voter rolls on the day of the meeting.

    EARLY / ABSENTEE VOTING OPTION

    All DA France members also have the option to vote early via an online absentee ballot made available to them via email, from March 28 until 5PM on April 15th. This is to encourage member participation from all across France even if they cannot attend the meeting on Election Day. As a result, no nominations from the floor will be allowed. 

    If you elect to vote via the Early Vote/Absentee Ballot, you will not be able to vote in the same election a second time even if you attend the Election Meeting. However, in the event of ties, the DA France Election Board may elect to conduct snap Run-off Elections to break ties, time and other conditions permitting, at their discretion. In such case, all members of DA France who have RSVPd for the meeting by April 15th and in attendance at the Election Meeting, will be allowed to vote in any Run-off Elections. Absentee voting will not be an option for snap Run-off Elections since they will be conducted at the Election Meeting. RSVP below to register to vote on Election Day, April 17.

    To join Democrats Abroad, please go to www.democratsabroad.org/join. You must be a US citizen 18 years of age or older by Nov. 2, 2021 and resident in France.

    PROPOSED DA FRANCE BYLAWS CHANGES - PUBLIC COMMENT

    A proposed draft of changes to the DA France Bylaws is available for review and public comment. We will review the major changes to the draft at the AGM prior to voting on whether to approve. Questions? Please email the DA France Bylaws Committee at [email protected].

    • To view the current DA France Bylaws of March 2020, see here.
    • To view the 2021 proposed Bylaws changes, the "Markup" version, see here. This version shows where the text is being changed.
    • To view the "clean" version of 2021 proposed changes, see here. This version shows how the final text reads with changes accepted.
    • To provide comment and feedback to the Bylaws Committee, please use this Public Comment form, here