The Daily Press Briefing

Statements made by
the Ministry for Europe
and Foreign Affairs

Paris - May 22, 2019
In this issue:

◢  Syria – Chemical weapons

◢  European elections

Syria – Chemical weapons

The United States stated on Tuesday that there were "indications" that Bashar al-Assad's regime had reportedly carried out a new chemical "attack" on May 19, in northwestern Syria this time. Do you have any information about this?

We have noted with concern these allegations which must be investigated.

We have every confidence in the International Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

President Macron reaffirmed yesterday, together with the German chancellor, that we remain extremely vigilant with respect to the use of chemical weapons. France reaffirms its constant position against the use of chemical weapons and in support of ensuring that the perpetrators of chemical attacks are punished. It was with this in mind that France launched the International Partnership against Impunity for the Use of Chemical Weapons on January 23, 2018.

European elections

French voters living in other countries might have trouble voting in Sunday's European elections. It seems there's no possibility of voting for a French list. What have you planned? And conversely, is there a risk of people voting twice?

French voters living abroad who want to vote for a French list in the European elections had until March 31 to register with their commune in France or at their nearest consulate abroad. These voters were also supposed to remove their names from the voter rolls in their country of residence by a deadline set by the country of residence.

Since December 2018, our consulates in EU countries have been asking voters to check and see which list they are on. A specific campaign was launched this past January to ask those who wish to vote for French lists to specify whether they wanted to maintain their registration on the consular list or to register in their commune in France.

When a French national is registered to vote for the list of another EU country, the authorities of that country notify the French authorities. On the day of the elections in France, the voter rolls containing the name of the person who registered in his or her European country of residence will bear the notation "voting abroad."

Nobody can vote more than once in the same election, regardless of whether he or she has dual citizenship.

Voters who vote twice are subject to criminal prosecution and fines that can go up to €15,000.

Our consulates are at the disposal of our compatriots abroad to answer any questions they might have.

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United States
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