Lib Dems set up branch in France

The Liberal Democrats have set up a branch in France. Until now, members in France had been part of the Brussels and Europe branch, but, as an article in the English language French  newspaper Connexions shows, new member Paul Fisher has created a French branch which has its inaugural meeting this week. He told the paper:

“We want to ensure that the voice of British citizens living in France is heard back home,” Mr Fisher said.

The branch includes among its aims campaigning to support and enhance the rights of Britons in France and “supporting and campaigning for UK Liberal Democrat MPs and prospective MPs at election times who specifically and publically commit to staying in the EU”.

Mr Fisher said travelling the world in the navy taught him “people are people” and “we have to live in a global village together” and he believes in “liberté, égalité, fraternité”.

Bonne chance to our colleagues across the Channel.

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  • Lorenzo Cherin 28th Jan '17 - 5:10pm

    While your’e doing this , try to persuade Francois Bayrou to either stand for president or join with Macron, as an alternative to Fillon for that job, someone capable of beating Le Pen !

  • Eddie Sammon 28th Jan '17 - 5:38pm

    I don’t think the “specifically and publicly commit to staying in the EU”, after the EU referendum is a good idea. I nearly moved to France recently and even I don’t see the allure of staying in the EU regardless. If rights are protected then whether or not a country is in the EU has little practical importance. It’s just an emotional thing.

    What Lib Dems need to be campaigning for are visa and residency rights.

  • Martin Land 28th Jan '17 - 7:04pm

    Talk to the French Liberal Democrat Party. I’m a member

  • Tony Greaves 28th Jan '17 - 8:05pm

    And which party is that?

  • Sue Sutherland 29th Jan '17 - 2:23pm

    Eddie “It’s just an emotional thing”. Don’t dismiss emotion, it’s very powerful and overrides facts. We Lib Dems have to do more to show our emotional attachment to the EU because we are in a battle to overcome the fear and blame that caused Brexit. We want an open and inclusive, tolerant and joyful country not the wall building hatred that has been unleashed in America and in our own country.

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