Votes for Expat Brits
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France’s 2.2 million expats elect the 153-member Assemblée des Français de l’Etranger (AFE) (Assembly of the French living abroad), as well as 11 members of the Assemblée Nationale (the lower house)and 12 senators (upper house). There is a simple Internet-based system for voter registration, described here (in French, naturally!)

The AFE, whose President is always the Foreign Minister ex officio, has announced that it will run an Internet-based polling experiment in December 2011.

In 2012, all French expats, regardless of the time they have lived abroad, will have full voting rights in the country’s most important elections – for the Presidency in April/May and later for the new parliament.

For the election of MPs to represent the French living abroad in the Assemblée Nationale, France has divided the world up into 11 parliamentary constituencies. The UK forms part of the French parliamentary constituency of Northern Europe.