As ever next year’s local elections in France promise to be hard fought battles and expats, or at least those from the European Union, can actually take part.
Although if you intend to vote for the next mayor of Paris or Marseille or in any other of the hundreds of communes across the country you will need to get your skates on.
Voters have until the end of Tuesday, December 31, to register in order to be part of the democratic process in France.
Those wishing to register have also been warned about bogus websites that are charging fees to register you to vote. The government was forced earlier this month to issue a statement reminding the public that the process is free and to stay away from websites offering to carry out the service for a fee.
Registering on the electoral roll will allow you to vote in France’s local elections that take place in two rounds on March 23rd and March 30th and secondly the elections for the European Parliament which will take place on May 25th.
To sign up to vote you can either pop down to your local Town Hall armed with your passport and proof of address i.e. a gas or electricity bill sent within the last three months. Although be warned you may have to queue.
The other option is to register online, which should be available to most people, however not all communes have the facilities yet to process online applications. Firstly you can check by clicking here to see if your local Town Hall is able to accept online registrations.
If you can register online then you just need to scan your supporting documents and visit this site to register by clicking HERE.