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Updated : 14/02/2014

European Parliament elections – France

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European Parliament elections

As an EU citizen, you have to register if you want to vote in France in the elections to the European Parliament.

See: Registering for the European & municipal elections (in French only)

To vote in the European elections, you must

  • be at least 18 years of age
  • live in France
  • be an EU citizen
  • have full civil and political rights.

For further details, see EU citizens' voting rights (in French only)

To stand for election to the European Parliament as a non-French candidate, you must include the following with the joint statement that you are standing as a candidate:

  • a statement by the competent authorities of your country of origin certifying that you have not forfeited the right to stand for election in that country
  • a personal written statement
    • giving your nationality and your address in France
    • stating that you are not standing for election to the European Parliament in another EU country at the same time
    • giving the locality or constituency on whose electoral roll you are registered, or were last registered, in your country of origin
  • a copy of a document proving that you are at least 23 years of age and have the right to vote.

When registering on the list of EU citizens, you should provide a written statement that you will exercise your right to vote in France only.

See: Registering for the European & municipal elections (in French only)

As a non-French candidate, you must include with the joint statement that you are standing as a candidate a personal statement that you are not standing for election to the European Parliament in another EU country at the same time.

Since it is not compulsory to vote in the European elections, there is no penalty for not voting.

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