French vote risks overwhelming France’s offices in Canada

Opinion: French election

Some 80,000 French citizens living in Canada will, in principle, be making their way to the polls in June to elect legislative representatives. But polls are limited to French consulates. That’s a crushing number of people to move through a very limited number of voting outlets in a single day. Other EU embassies should help lighten the load.

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French National Assembly candidate Julien Balkany.
Julien Balkany
Published: Thursday, 05/03/2012 12:00 am EDT

On June 2 and 16, for the first time ever, French citizens abroad will be able to democratically elect representatives to the French National Assembly. It’s an innovative and historic advancement in democracy spearheaded by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. But there’s a glitch—and it’s a big one.

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