Foreigners’ vote: “A matter of social justice” for Rebsamen

Granting the right to vote to non-EU foreigners for municipal elections is “a matter of social justice“in a France”lagging behindon this subject, believes in the JDD former PS Minister François Rebsamen, support of Emmanuel Macron. Deputy Sacha Houlié, a member of the left wing of the Renaissance presidential group, filed “personally» a proposed constitutional law aimed at «grant the right to vote and stand as a candidate in municipal elections” at “all foreigners, even non-Europeans“. The initiative received a favorable reception on the left and drew criticism from elected officials on the right. And the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin is there “firmly opposed“.

It is a matter of social justice. Community nationals can take part in municipal elections. Therefore, the argument that was constantly opposed to us – and that the right continues to brandish – according to which granting such a benefit breaks the existing link between nationality and citizenship falls on its own.“, believes François Rebsamen. “Why some and not others, except to show rejection, even racism, vis-à-vis some of our fellow citizens? Why this differentiated treatment, especially towards those who come from the other side of the Mediterranean? The fear of radical Islamism means that today many are crying wolf with the National Rally“, he adds.

François Rebsamencongratulate“So on the initiative of Sacha Houlié but rather advocates the resumption of a text adopted by the Assembly but also by the Senate, then with a majority on the left, in 2011. “What the left did not have the courage to do under François Hollande, (…) it can do now. This is a perfect opportunity to show that the National Assembly can vote on left-wing texts“, he pleads. The right to vote for foreigners in local elections had been promised by François Mitterrand and François Hollande, without success. As for the ideathat by allowing foreigners to vote in municipal elections there will be community lists“, according to Mr. Rebsamen”it’s wrong “because the proposal”makes it clear that they cannot be elected mayor or deputy or member of the electoral college of senators“.

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