The left is discreetly relaunching the thought of ​​voting rights for foreigners | EUROtoday

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Around forty native left-wing elected officers are relaunching the controversy on the precise to vote of international residents in native elections. The mayor of Paris, the socialist Anne Hidalgo, her counterparts from Marseille, Benoît Payan (numerous left), or from Rouen, Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol (socialist), and the environmentalist mayors of Lyon, Grenoble and Strasbourg, Grégory Doucet, Eric Piolle and Jeanne Barseghian, signed, on May 5, the attraction of the European collective Voting Rights for All Residents (“The right to vote for all residents”, VRAR).

“Democracy will only be complete when all residents can choose those who represent them and make decisions, particularly at the local level, which concern their daily lives”signifies the collective J’y suis j’y vote…!, which relays the VRAR name in France.

To the thirty-eight French mayors who signed (to which is added the socialist president of the departmental council of Seine-Saint-Denis, Stéphane Troussel) are added 13 European mayors similar to these of Friborg or Karlsruhe in Germany, and Peterborough within the United Kingdom. , from Bologna in Italy or from Geneva in Switzerland.

“Move the lines”

The initiative is subsequently continental. And I'm there, I'm voting…! additionally intends to problem the candidates for the European elections. But the French seem very concerned. This is due particularly to the energetic mobilization of the National Association of Welcoming Cities and Territories, co-chaired by the mayor of Strasbourg.

Yet, paradoxically, they’re discreet. Requested by The world, Jeanne Barseghian didn’t want to communicate on the topic. She's not the one one. Among the mayors contacted, most cited their agenda to refuse to elucidate why they’d signed the attraction. This will not be the case of the socialist Luc Carvounas, mayor of Alfortville (Val-de-Marne). He is ” consistent with [lui]-even “ : earlier than being mayor, he remembers, he was a senator (2011-2017). And, in 2012, earlier than the election of François Hollande as President of the Republic, the Senate handed a legislation which approved the precise of foreigners to vote in native elections. “It was the golden age of the left in Parliamentunderlines Mr. Carvounas. We needed to point out how we’d transfer the traces once we had been in energy. »

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But, like François Mitterrand in his time, François Hollande didn’t push the mission as soon as elected. The textual content was subsequently not voted on by the National Assembly. “He didn't do it for causes that escape meconfides Mr. Carvounas. Yet it was in his program. Many regretted it. It's an actual miss. »

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