Britons not able to stand in French local elections

‘We’re sad that we cannot stand in our local election’ says Perry Taylor

British people living in France who do not have French or another European dual nationality will not be able to stand as local councillors in this March’s municipal French elections.

This comes as a disappointment to many readers and local councils, who were keen to have their services – and some small communes, especially, now face problems in having the required candidate numbers for electoral lists.

Research by Dr Sue Collard of Sussex University previously identified some 900 Britons who are councillors.

Some also have another EU nationality.

The reason for the ban is that, while the transition period protects most of the rights of Britons, voting and standing in elections is strictly for EU citizens in French law.

The transition period keeps the UK temporarily in the EU’s single market, but citizens of countries such as Norway and Switzerland which are in the single market but not the EU also cannot stand or vote in France.

Among those affected is Anglo-Gascon artist Perry Taylor, who draws for Connexion’s practical pages ( ...

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