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, MontpellierNormandy, Paris, Riviera, Strasbourg, Toulouse.

Our Caucuses: We have several active caucuses that focus on specific progressive issues/groups:

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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DA France Leadership:

Ada Shen
| DAF National Chair
Meredith Wheeler
| DAF Vice Chair (Chapters Liaison); DAF-Toulouse Member-At-Large
Jonathon Holler
| DAF Vice Chair
Gretchen Pascalis
| DAF Volunteers Coordinator; DAF-Grenoble Chair
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  • News

    FIFTH Democratic Debate: Watch Events around France

    The FIFTH Democratic presidential debate will take place on Wednesday, November 20th in Atlanta, Georgia and will be hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. The debate will be moderated by an all-female panel of journalists and hosted at filmmaker Tyler Perry’s studios in Atlanta.

    The criteria for qualifying for the November are:

    1) They’ve secured at least 165,000 individual donors, including 600 individual donors from 20 states and

    2) They’ve reached 3 percent in the polls in four Democratic National Committee (DNC) approved surveys, or 5 percent in two DNC approved polls from the four earliest primary and caucus states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada.


    The deadline for meeting these requirements is November 13. We will provide the list of names of qualified candidates once it has been officially announced by the DNC.


    The debate is expected to air on MSNBC and Radio One, and stream live on and



    Join Democrats Abroad France to watch the full debate via replay. Currently, the debate watch events being hosted by our  chapters are:


    WHEN: Friday, November 22

    TIME: 7pm - 10pm




    WHEN: Thursday, November 21

    TIME: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

    PLACE: Institute for American Universities (Main Hall), 2 bis Rue du Bon Pasteur, Aix en Provence 13100


    For all the up-to-date information on our debate watch events, bookmark this page or the DAF Events Calendar

    Want to volunteer to help or host an event? Contact your local chapter or send us an email at

    We hope to see you at one of our events!





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    Meet the team - Gretchen Pascalis

    It is Meet the Team Monday!  Today, we continue our blog series with an interview with our National Volunteer Coordinator - Gretchen Pascalis.

    Gretchen Pascalis the National Volunteer Coordinator for Democrats Abroad France. 

    She initially became involved in 2011 when DAF “descended upon Grenoble in the hopes of creating a chapter,” and founded the Rhone-Alps chapter. In the wake of Trump’s election, Gretchen traveled to Lyon and helped found the Lyon chapter. “I thought a few people might show up. Instead, about twenty-five angry, sad, motivated people came to create a chapter, and it's been a privilege to work with several of them since then.” 

    When she’s not organizing volunteer efforts for DAF, Gretchen is a university lecturer at the Université Savoie Mont Blanc. She votes in Maine.

    Now, onto some fun facts about Gretchen:

    • Her favorite political icon is Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez “because she's such a wonderful example of the difference that young females of color can make”
    • Her top 3 issue areas are climate change, healthcare as a human right, and free public education. 
    • Her first political memory was “picking up litter in a park as a child and exclaiming to my parents, "President Nixon ought to throw these people in jail!" 
    • And, if she were President of the United States for a day, she would “rejoin the Paris agreement, ban automatic assault weapons, ban gerrymandering, provide free public education and healthcare to all, and end ICE.”

    If you would like to find out more about the volunteer opportunities with Democrats Abroad France, please get in touch with Gretchen at  There are lots of different ways that you can contribute to our efforts to WIN BIG and WIN BLUE in 2020!


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    Upcoming Events

    Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 06:45 PM · 19 rsvps
    Home of Connie Borde in Paris, France

    ENVIRONMENT POLICY GROUP: Solar Energy and Eco-living in France What is possible and can Renewable energy do the job too (or instead)?

    Physicist Dennis Shibut, will explore what is possible from solar energy in France and offer a practical road map to a cleaner, brighter future for everyone. His presentation is based on an article written for the 2015 COP21 world climate conference in Paris. The surprise findings in this presentation were reported by the French press and radio. In 2017, it was the opening presentation at the European Solar Summit.  

    What is Possible? Currently 70 percent of France’s electricity is supplied by 59 nuclear reactors. This energy production is headed off a cliff: in the next 15 years when  most of these reactors will have reached their end-of-design-life and must be replaced.

    Dennis Shibut is a physicist and former researcher for NASA’s Skylab mission, as well as for the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in the first studies in ocean-atmospheric energy exchange. He has taught physics at the university and community college levels. Since the late 1990s he has written numerous articles about green living through his website Kyoto Action Report. Dennis is a member of several prominent environmental advocacy organizations such as the Sierra Club and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

    In France, Dennis is an “Ambassador” for the 100% green electricity utility company Enercoop, recently rated the best electricity provider in France by Que Choisir and Greenpeace. He currently resides in Avignon.

    As a long-time resident of Avignon, he has been twice Chair of DA Avignon and twice Vice-chair.

    Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 06:45 PM · 45 rsvps
    Home of Connie Borde in Paris, France

    The F-Words (FBAR, FATCA)


    Attorney and member of the FATCA/FBAR Task Force within Democrats Abroad JOE SMALLHOOVER  will analyze the 2010 Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act that directly impacts the foreign banking and other financial accounts of Americans living abroad.

    Mr. Smallhoover, former DNC Member and Chair of Democrats Abroad France, and the current International Legal Counsel of Democrats Abroad, will update us on the steps taken by Democrats Abroad and other overseas American interest groups to confront our tax and reporting problems and to seek changes to US tax law, notably to work a switch to Residency Based Taxation and reverse the effects of the GILTI tax for overseas citizens.

    Nb:  CPA tax expert Steve Horton will be an attendee at this meeting, and is willing to participate in a Q&A session on FBAR and FATCA and coping with the IRS requirement.