They discovered abroad during their studies or through a VIE, an international voluntary service in a company. They are in their thirties, single or in a relationship, often again childless, and life in front of them.
Élise Léger is part of this new generation. Based in Sydney for six years, married to an Australian, the young woman is also head of the list for the election, at the end of May, of representatives of French people living abroad. This is the sign of the continuity, according to her, of her commitment to her compatriots, during the Covid crisis:
Our group wondered how to help the French even better, but it is true that by being a volunteer, we have our limits, and the post of adviser to French people living abroad seemed a good job to us. It is a relay of information, but also a relay to other elected officials, to bring up problems.
Élise Léger, based in Sydney
The concern today is to attract these newcomers to the polls. The former deputy of French people living abroad, Pierre-Yves Le Borgn ‘, admits that many no longer recognize themselves in their elected representatives. Now based in Brussels, Belgium, as a strategy consultant for companies, he advises future candidates to talk cash to these young people with diversity:
What interests people is whether you know the reality of life in the country in which you are, and to what extent you are able to help the French. We can not count only on local notabilities.
Pierre-Yves Le Borgn ‘, former deputy for French people living abroad
The more so as the ballot is not unanimous: at the beginning of March, eight deputies The Republicans tabled an amendment aiming to abrogate the statute of the members of Parliament of the French established outside France. Their proposal was rejected by the Assembly.
Renewed every six years, the 90 elected members of the Assembly of French Abroad have only an advisory role, but it is essential in the eyes of Pierre-Yves Le Borgn ‘:
“It is a form of monitoring at the local level, he explains, these elected officials are sponges of all expectations, they are feet in the clay of their territory with the capacity to bring up important subjects towards the parliament or the government. “
Fearing a strong abstention, the government is also advocating early voting by Internet at the end of May, to elect these advisers of French people living abroad. The deadline for entries on the electoral rolls is April 23, 2021. Today, barely more than a third of the 3.6 million French people living abroad have taken the step.
Write to Elise Léger: [email protected]
Write to Pierre-Yves Le Borgn ‘: [email protected]
The AFE, the Assembly of French Abroad
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