Fifth constituency for French residents overseas

5th constituency for French residents overseas

French National Assembly

 Arnaud Leroy
Department none (overseas residents)
Canton none
Voters 116,196

The Fifth constituency for French residents overseas (cinquième circonscription des Français établis hors de France) is one of eleven constituencies each electing one representative of French citizens overseas to the French National Assembly.


This constituency covers four countries: Portugal, Spain, Andorra and Monaco. As of New Year's Day 2011, it contained 116,196 registered French voters. The bulk of these, 89,391, were living in Spain, while 15,049 were living in Portugal, 8,302 in Monaco (a microstate which has a border only with France), and 3,454 in Andorra (a microstate, between Spain and France, of which the President of France is ex officio Co-Prince).[1][2][3]

This constituency elected its first ever representative at the 2012 French legislative election - Arnaud Leroy of the Socialist Party


2012 Arnaud Leroy PS

Election results



The list of candidates was officially finalised on 14 May. There were thirteen candidates:[4][5]

The Union for a Popular Movement initially chose Minister of Industry Éric Besson as its candidate. A former Socialist MP, Besson joined the UMP in 2007 and was appointed to President Nicolas Sarkozy's government.[6] In December 2011, however, the party announced that Laurence Sailliet, its national secretary for the Iberian peninsula, would be its candidate. Francis Huss was her deputy (suppléant).[7]

The Socialist Party chose Arnaud Leroy, a resident of Lisbon. He worked for the European Maritime Safety Agency, as an expert on environmental protection and climate change. Formerly a member of The Greens, he joined the Socialist Party, stating that political ecology should become a central issue in the renovation of social-democratic ideas. His deputy (suppléante) was Soledad Margareto, a resident of Madrid.[8]

Juliette Estivil, originally from Spain and a member of the Left Party, was the chosen candidate of the Left Front, which also included the French Communist Party. She was a teacher of Spanish. Her deputy (suppléant) was Bruno Fialho.[9][10]

Europe Écologie–The Greens chose Carolina Punset, with Stéphane Etcheverry as her deputy (suppléant).[11] A resident of Altea, in Spain, Punset was a municipal councillor in her home town.[12]

The National Front chose Alain Lavarde, with Jacques Struzynski as his deputy (suppléant).[5]

The centre-right Radical Party and the centrist Republican, Ecologist and Social Alliance jointly chose Richard Onses, a resident of Barcelona, as their candidate. He was also a member of the centre-right Catalonian party Convergence and Union. Guy-Michel Sembres was his deputy (suppléant).[13]

The Radical Party of the Left chose Muriel Guenoux, with Stéphane Grandpierre as her deputy (suppléant).[14]

Jean-Bastien Urfels, a resident of Spain working as headmaster in a French school, was the candidate endorsed by Arise the Republic. Norman Ledoux was his deputy (suppléant).[15]

Solidarity and Progress, the French branch of the LaRouche movement, was represented by Sébastien Drochon, with Karim Bakouri as his deputy (suppléant).[5]

The Liberal Democratic Party chose Sophie Levamis. A resident of Hendaye, in the French Pyrenees, she argued that expatriates should choose a candidate who lived in France and would thus be "independent from every country" in their constituency. Jan Laarman was her deputy (suppléant).[16]

Prince Charles Philippe, Duke of Anjou, grandson of Henri, Count of Paris (the Orléanist claimant to the throne of France until his death), stood (under the name Charles-Philippe d'Orléans) as an independent candidate, with the expressed hope of joining a "recomposed centre-right party" after the election. He was a resident of Portugal, and former resident of Spain. Sylvie Gourgeon was his deputy (suppléante).[17]

Bernard Soulier, an economist and resident of Madrid, stood as an independent candidate. Pascale Lagneaux was his deputy (suppléante).[18]

Catherine N'Guyen Thi Minh was an independent candidate, with Michel Rioche as her deputy.[5]


As in other constituencies, turnout in the first round was low: 19.5% in Portugal, 20% in Monaco, 20.5% in Spain, and 22.1% in Andorra. The result was the closest of any of the eleven expatriate constituencies, with UMP candidate Laurence Sailliet taking a 1.33% lead (217 votes). She finished first in Andorra and Monaco, while her Socialist rival Arnaud Leroy was first in Spain and Portugal. (Leroy was only third in Monaco, behind National Front candidate Alain Lavarde.) Juliette Estivil obtained the Left Front's joint best result abroad (fourth with 8.61%), matched by Raquel Garrido in the first constituency. Charles-Philippe d'Orléans obtained only 3% of the vote overall, but did finish fourth in Portugal, his country of residence, with 7.37%, and fourth also in Monaco, with 5.33%.[19][20]

Legislative Election 2012: Overseas residents 5 - 2nd round
Party Candidate Votes % ±
PS Arnaud Leroy 8,485 52.67 -
UMP Laurence Sailliet 7,624 47.33 -
PS win (new seat)
Legislative Election 2012: Overseas residents 5 - 1st round[19]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
UMP Laurence Sailliet 5,087 31.88 -
PS Arnaud Leroy 4,870 30.52 -
EELV Carolina Punset 1,514 9.49 -
FG Juliette Estivil 1,374 8.61 -
FN Alain Lavarde 1,035 6.49 -
Radical Richard Onses 745 4.67 -
Miscellaneous right Charles-Philippe d'Orléans 486 3.05 -
Independent Bernard Soulier 347 1.37 -
Liberal Democrats Sophie Levamis 218 0.99 -
PRG Muriel Guenoux 124 0.78
Solidarity and Progress Sébastein Drochon 101 0.63 -
Independent Catherine N'Guyen Thi Minh 64 0.40 -
DLR Jean-Bastien Urfels 21 0.13 -
Turnout 16 185 20.4 -


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  2. "Décret n° 2011-367 du 4 avril 2011 authentifiant la population des Français établis hors de France au 1er janvier 2011", Légifrance
  3. "Français inscrits au registre mondial au 31/12/2010" Archived May 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs
  4. "Arrêté du 14 mai 2012 fixant la liste des candidats au premier tour de l'élection des députés élus par les Français établis hors de France ", Journal Officiel de la République Française, 15 May 2012
  5. 1 2 3 4 Candidates for the fifth constituency, in Le Petit Journal
  6. "Législatives : l'UMP a désigné ses candidats pour l'étranger", Le Figaro, April 13, 2011
  7. "DEPUTES FRANÇAIS DE L'ETRANGER - Laurence Sailliet investie par l'UMP pour la 5ème circonscription", Le Petit Journal, 12 December 2011
  8. "Elections législatives 2012 : nos candidates et candidats" Archived June 8, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Parti Socialiste - Fédération des Français à l'Etranger
  9. "Investitures : ça bouge à gauche, ça bouchonne à droite…", France 3, 12 January 2012
  10. "Présentation de Juliette Estivill", Le Petit Journal
  11. "Motion 13: Législatives 2012: Hors de France", Europe Écologie–The Greens
  12. "Les 11 candidat-e-s EELV sur les circonscriptions législatives hors de France" Archived January 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., EELV, 12 November 2011
  13. "INTERVIEW - Richard Onses, candidat Parti Radical pour la 5e circonscription", Le Petit Journal, 12 December 2011
  14. "Présentation de Muriel Guenoux", Le Petit Journal
  15. "Présentation de Jean-Bastien Urfels", Le Petit Journal
  16. "Présentation de Sophie Levamis", Le Petit Journal
  17. "Présentation de Charles-Philippe d'Orleans", Le Petit Journal
  18. "INTERVIEW - Bernard Soulier, candidat indépendant pour la 5e circonscription", Le Petit Journal, 21 November 2011
  19. 1 2 Official results of the first round, French Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  20. "Législatives : tous les résultats des Français de l'étranger", Le Nouvel Observateur, 4 June 2012
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