French expats prepare to vote in parliamentary elections

For the first time, French citizens who live abroad will be able to vote for an MP to represent them in the Assemblée Nationale.

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It is, by anyone's reckoning, a big patch: a vast swathe of land stretching from the northern reaches of Russia to the South Island of New Zealand, and from the Carpathians of western Ukraine to the islands of Polynesia. In total, it sprawls over two hemispheres, three continents and more than 208m square miles. Forty nine countries, from Bangladesh to Belarus to Brunei, fall within its grandiose, undiscriminating boundaries, reports The Guardian.