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:

Joe Smallhoover
| DAF Chair
Jonathon Holler
| DAF Vice Chair
Louise Meyers
| DAF Vice Chair
Salli Swartz
| DAF Vice Chair; Global Women's Caucus Co-Chair
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  • News

    Volunteers in France came out to GET OUT THE VOTE. Thank you!

    The 2018 Blue Wave arrived on November 6th.  Democrats took back the House of Representatives with a blue tide of exceptional candidates - many of whom who broke through barriers to win election - women, minorities, LGBTQ and many more...

    Historic midterm election voter turnout powered the tide.  Grassroots activism both in the US and overseas drove the get out the vote effort.  Across France, there was an outpouring of enthusiasm from volunteers. Phone banking, postcard writing, texting, walk-in voter support, student outreach, conferences...

    "Our volunteers have done a remarkable job this year,” says Julia Bryan, International Chair of Democrats Abroad. “We made over 150,000 calls to members, and registered tens of thousands of new voters through online outreach and in person voter registration drives. The work paid off: voter engagement has increased 800% since the last midterms in 2014, and we know that votes from abroad will made a big impact in races across the country."

    The leadership of Democrats Abroad France, the Avignon, Bordeaux, Brittany, Grenoble, Lyon, Normandy, Paris, Riviera, Strasbourg, and Toulouse chapters as well as the Women’s, Youth and Diversity caucuses would like to thank each of the volunteers who participated in getting out the vote! You powered the wave.  Now, on to the 2020!

    Marseille GOTV conference video

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    Candlelight Vigils Take Place in France on the Eve of Armistice Day

    Democrats Abroad went into action on Saturday evening Nov. 10 as Donald Trump arrived in France. Their candlelight vigils showed him what they think about his 'leadership.'   SUPPORTING the TRUE American values including humanitarian concern for others, the first amendment, respect for science, respect for journalists, freedom from discrimination based on sexual orientation, equality for women and people of color, care for the environment and dedication to fair play and true democracy. HONORING American victims of right-wing hate crimes inspired by Trump's rhetoric. And RESPECTING our Constitution and the right to pursue investigations without hindrance.

     

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    Upcoming Events

    Friday, December 14, 2018 at 07:00 PM · 8 rsvps
    American Church in Paris in Paris, France

    Remembering Newtown: Effectuating Change

    To commemorate the 6th anniversary of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, you are invited to a Remembrance Service in the Sanctuary of the American Church in Paris, followed by a Forum: Public Safety and Firearms (in the Theater next to the Sanctuary).

    You'll hear comments and discussion from involved leaders in the American community in Paris as well as concerned citizens.

    Among those present will be Australian ambassador Brendan Berne and Alex Blumrosen, who originated this anti-gun violence movement within Democrats Abroad France.  Alex, along with Dr. Scott Herr and Kay Rolland call their group the Newton Remembrance and Action Committee (NRAC) and they will tell us about progress and change they have already influenced in Washington D.C.  They will share videos from Chris Murphy, and Gabby Giffords with her husband Mark Kelly.

    If you have not already attended a Newtown commemoration, you will be touched by the moving, informative and professional event that it is.  Don't miss it.

    Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 12:30 PM
    BISTRO DU PORT in Honfleur, France

    HONFLEUR HOLIDAY LUNCH

    Join the Normandy Democrats for a festive holiday lunch at the Bistro du Port in beautiful Honfleur -- 12:30 on Sunday, 16 December 2018. RSVP to canstevens@gmail.com