French Londoners will be able to vote in Open Primaries to select the socialist presidential candidate On Sunday 9th October and Sunday 16th October 2011

Open Primaries in London: voting centers

at the French Lycée in South Kensington

« Arnaud, François, Jean-Michel, Manuel, Martine, or Ségolène ? »

French people living in Britain will be able to vote in the Open Primaries organised by the French Socialist Party to select the socialist candidate in the presidential elections due to take place in May 2012. After the United States, Italy, and Greece, open primaries are organised for the first time in France. The six contestants are Arnaud Montebourg, François Hollande, Manuel Valls, Martine Aubry, Ségolène Royal, and one candidate from the Radical Left Party (PRG), Jean-Michel Baylet.

 French citizens will also get to vote abroad. 43 polling centers will be open around the world, including in London. The vote will take place at the French Lycée Charles de Gaulle, 35 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2DG, between 9am and 7pm. Two rooms in the school will be transformed into voting centers, with a president and designated scrutators assisted by a large number of volunteers to supervise the ballot.

Voters will be requested to sign a declaration whereby they confirm that they agree with the values of the Left, and to pay 1£ to cover for the organisation.

All French citizens registered on the electoral register with the French Consulate in London as of 31 December 2010 will be able to participate, upon showing a proof of their identity. The strict voting conditions are similar to French official electoral rules.

About organising the Open Primaries in London, Axelle Lemaire, Branch Secretary of the French PS in London and candidate in the Northern Europe constituency for next year’s general elections, declared :

We are proud to participate in the Open Primaries from London. Amongst the very large and diverse number of French people who live here, many have kept a deep emotional and political link with France and support the Left. It seemed important to give them a voice in this selection process”.

Open Primaries are a unique democratic tool to elect a leader or candidate and it is new to the French political system. The French Socialist Party is willing to create a democratic momentum around the future presidential candidate. The primaries are already a success, in that it has attracted a lot of attention and interest and has been a fantastic opportunity to debate openly on crucial issues for the future of our country. After the recent victory of the Left in the French Senate, the primaries are a step further towards winning the elections in 2012 and giving real answers to the social and economic crisis in France”.

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Notes :

  • 43 voting centres will be open around the world. In Northern Europe (3rd constituency for the French people who live abroad), centres will also be open in :



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  • Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, 35 Cromwell Road, London SW7 2DG