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Welcome to the Lyon chapter of Democrats Abroad France!

Democrats Abroad Lyon is a relatively new chapter in France, formed in 2017 in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.   We welcome all Americans who support the ideals and goals of the Democratic party.

As a new and energetic chapter of Democrats Abroad France, we plan monthly social and advocacy events.  We have marched and rallied in Lyon for progressive causes, such as gun control, women’s rights, immigration rights, racial equality as well as a science-based environmental policy.

We also hold salon discussions and presentations on current issues in American politics.  And, from time to time, we get together for cultural events, like the recent exhibition on Martin Luther King, Jr. here in Lyon.  One thing you can count on are our casual monthly get togethers - held on the first Thursday of every month in a central downtown Lyon watering hole.  

You can find our Events and News here on the Democrats Abroad website as well as on our Facebook page.  

We would be interested in hearing your ideas. Please feel free to contact us!

Robin Guinot, Chapter Chair 

Democrats Abroad Lyon

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DA Lyon Leadership:

Robin Guinot
| DAF Communications Coordinator; DAF-Lyon Chair
Diane Sklar
| Vice Chair Democrats Abroad Lyon
John Matthews
| Treasurer - Democrats Abroad Lyon
Dori Laboune
| Member at Large Democrats Abroad Lyon
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  • News

    Green Wave March 16, 2019

    Members of Democrats Abroad Lyon marched with 10,000 others in our city to advocate for more action combating global warming.   This march was organized in support of the student march for the planet which happened the day before in our city.  Twelve thousand students organized their own protest.  We support the activism of the younger generations.  

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    DA Lyon Chapter Leadership Elections

    Back to the ballot box...It's time to elect new leadership for the DA Lyon chapter. 

    The DA Lyon chapter leadership committee will be comprise of the following members:
    Chapter Chair
    Chapter Vice Chair
    Chapter Treasurer
    Chapter Secretary
    Member-At-Large (5)

    Meet the candidates by clicking here.

    ✔️ YOU WILL RECEIVE YOUR EARLY VOTE/ABSENTEE BALLOT VIA EMAIL. If you do not receive the ballot from the DALyon Election Officer via email, it is because you have chosen to opt OUT of receiving our emails. To opt IN to receiving emails from Democrats Abroad, sign in and go to your member account at

    ✔️ TO RECEIVE A BALLOT BY EMAIL (EXCEPTIONALLY) OR VIA POSTAL DELIVERY, please send a ballot request to, specifying how you would like your ballot to be delivered and providing the email address or the postal address where you would like to receive your ballot.

    ** The deadline to return your ballot (electronically or via postal delivery) is by the end of day March 21st **

    ✔️ YOU MAY ALSO VOTE IN-PERSON AT THE DALYON CHAPTER ELECTION ON MARCH 23rd.  For more information and to RSVP, please click here.

    ✔️ Note: you MUST be a member of Democrats Abroad France - Lyon chapter to receive a ballot and to vote in the chapter elections. If you are not yet a member, you can join at  In order to vote in-person at the election meeting, please join by end of day March 22nd.  If you are a DA France member who has recently moved to the greater Lyon area, please ensure that your address is up-to-date in your membership account by going to under ACCOUNT SETTINGS.

    Questions?  Contact us at

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    Upcoming Events

    Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 02:30 PM · €15.00 EUR · 15 rsvps

    Tax Talk and Chapter Elections

    It's tax time again, and as US citizens living abroad, we again find ourselves in the unpleasant situation of having to file US income tax returns on our worldwide income (the USA is one of only two countries on the planet with this requirement, the other being Eritrea).  Thankfully, Pierre Taponier, an experienced, dual US/French tax attorney, will give us a Tax Talk in Lyon on March 23rd from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, including a question and answer period.(1)

    Proposed subjects include:

    • Recent changes in US and French tax laws
    • Filing requirements (Do I need to file?)
    • "Non-resident alien" spouse - Head of Household, Joint, or Separate return?
    • Important dates
    • Avoiding double taxation

    The tax talk will be immediately followed by Lyon chapter elections. The afternoon's agenda will be as follows:

    2:30 - 3:00pm: Registration  

    3:00 - 4:00pm: Expert Tax Attorney Talk 

    Americans living abroad are generally required to file a US income tax return, which can be a daunting task, especially the first time through. The tax law changes passed last year raise even more questions. Thankfully, help is coming. Pierre Taponier, an experienced dual French - US tax attorney will be coming from Paris to give a presentation and answer questions. 

    4:00 - 4:30pm: Q & A 

    4:30 - 5:00pm: Lyon Leadership Committee Elections 

    Elections for our local chapter of Democrats Abroad will be held after the tax talk.  Candidates will present themselves and members will have the opportunity to vote if they have not already done so by electronic ballot. (2)

    (1) Places are limited for the Tax Talk.  In order to reserve your place, we ask that you click below on "Purchase Tickets."  Suggested donation for DA members is 15€, for non-members 25€.  All donations will go to cover the cost of this event and to fund DALyon activities throughout the year.  

    (2) No reservation is necessary for attendance at election event.

    Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 04:30 PM · 1 rsvp

    Lyon Chapter Leadership Elections

    Immediately following the Tax Talk event:

    We will hold our second Leadership Election for the Lyon Chapter of Democrats Abroad France. Please join us for this election and an apéro! You will be able to meet other DALyon members, hear from the candidates, and elect your new Lyon leadership!


    Note:  The elections will take place immediately following the Tax Talk event.  To reserve a place for the Tax Talk, please click here.


    4:30 - 4:40 Registration

    4:40 - 5:00 Welcome, Candidate Speeches & Election Results

    New members are welcome but must join DALyon by Friday, March 22nd. To join, please click here. You must be a US citizen, 18 years of age or older by Nov. 3, 2020. 

    Questions? Email us at


    In addition to the in-person Election on March 23rd, an Absentee Ballot will be made available by email to all DAF-Lyon members to encourage broad participation in the election. (As a result, no nominations from the floor can be allowed.)

    Please note that the Absentee/Early Vote Ballot can be voted either electronically or via postal delivery.  In either case, your voted ballot must be received by end of day Thursday, March 21st. After the Early Vote Ballot has closed, you can vote by attending the Election Meeting. 

    If you are a member of DALyon but do not receive an early vote ballot by March 10th, please contact the Lyon Election Officer at