Yes, you read that headline right.
France recently had its parliamentary elections a couple of months after the country's presidential election that brought Socialist Francoise Hollande to power, displacing the eccentric conservative Nicholas Sarkozy. These French parliamentary elections were historic, however, since it was the first time when French people living abroad could vote for their own representative in parliament. It would be the equivalent of Americans abroad having their own member of congress.
And the winner?
A 37-year old French citizen who has lived in NYC for the last thirteen years. Her name is Corinne Narassiguin and she is a member of President Hollande's party and the new Socialist majority in the French parliament. She sounds like a most interesting lady and she certainly has an important job ahead of her. What makes this even cooler is that she found out about her victory while at a restaurant in Greenwich Village! (How appropriate.)
So congrats to our New Yorker in the French parliament! Hopefully Ms. Narassiguin will bring a bit of city grit to the rarefied halls of the French old boys network.
Vive la France! Vive le NYC!