Francophonie, postponement of elections, aid to businesses

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1 – Young people called upon to express themselves on the Francophonie

On the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary, the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) has just launched a major consultation with young people aged 15 to 35, entitled “La francophonie de l’avenir”. The objective is to involve young people in building the future of the French-speaking world, which brings together nearly 300 million speakers worldwide. Young Francophones are invited to share their expectations and their proposals, as well as to tell the Francophonie “As they live it today or imagine it tomorrow”. This consultation takes place from May 13 to July 17 on a dedicated platform that uses innovative methodologies to “To solicit the collective intelligence of the youth in a course passing by the diagnosis, the dialogue then the action”.

2 – Proposals for the “next day”

After a month of citizen consultation, the 66 parliamentarians at the origin of the collaborative citizen platform have just delivered proposals to prepare for the “next day” of the health crisis linked to Covid-19.
Following the initiative of Paula Forteza, MP for the French in Latin America and the Caribbean, more than 26,000 people took part in this consultation, with more than 108,000 votes and 8,700 proposed laws.
These proposals revolve around four S: Health, Sobriety, Solidarity and Sovereignty. The second phase of this initiative is the co-writing of these proposals and their concrete translation into law. These will then be made available to parliamentarians and political leaders who can bring them to public debate.

3 – Consular elections will not take place in June

While French voters residing in France are likely to vote on Sunday, June 28 for the second round of municipal elections, the situation looks more uncertain regarding the vote for local elected officials of French citizens abroad (consular elections). While these elections were to take place originally on May 16 and 17, they had already been postponed for the first time to an indefinite date, in the context of the health crisis linked to Covid-19. The Scientific Council, a body composed of experts charged by the government to decide on the appropriateness of holding the next elections, has ruled “non pertinent” to organize these elections in June, while not deciding on a future date.

4 – The French Development Agency mobilized to help French companies abroad in difficulty

During the remote hearing of the Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly Wednesday May 20, Anne Genetet, MP LREM from 11e constituency of French nationals established outside France, renewed its request to the government in favor of a plan to help French entrepreneurs abroad to “Overcoming the consequences of the health and economic crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic”. In his response, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the owner of the Quai d’Orsay, indicated that Proparco, the subsidiary of the French Development Agency (AFD), participated in the financing and accompaniment of French companies abroad and informed them about the specific support systems from which they can benefit in the countries where they are located.

5 – CCI France International organizes a webinar with economist Nicolas Bouzou

CCI France International is organizing a webinar on Wednesday, June 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. “In the post-Covid-19 period, it is not a question of de-globalizing, but of re-globalizing!”. For this second monthly meeting in his “International look” series, the “great guest” will be Nicolas Bouzou. French economist and essayist, the latter is director of the consulting firm Asterès, co-founder of the Cercle de Belém and director of studies within the MBA Law & Management of the University of Paris-II-Assas. This webinar, for which registration is compulsory, is open to the public and to members of CCI French internationally. CCI France International brings together 124 chambers of commerce and industry in 93 countries.


Eric Delon

Freelance journalist, specialist in economics and management.


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