Conference on social protection of French people abroad: the ball is in the government’s court

At the end of September 2023, a forum signed by advisors of French people abroad and at the initiative of Florian Bohême (president of the social affairs commission of the AFE) called for the organization of a conference on the social protection of French people in the foreign. He invited senators representing French people living outside France to mobilize for this. On October 2, 2023, the 12 senators in question and five deputies – Eléonore Caroit, Amélia Lakrafi, Karime Ben Cheikh, Anne Genetet and Meyer Habib – sent a letter to the presidents of the two chambers of Parliament to echo this forum and support the process.

According to the parliamentarians, the organization of these meetings would make it possible to reflect on a “true social policy for French people living abroad” addressing different topics (retirements and survival pensions, support for old age, care for people in difficult situations). , extreme poverty, management and governance of social assistance systems, sustainability of the Caisse des Français de l’enseignement). “Le cadre juridique existent d’ores-et-déjà pour permettre la réunion de ces assises”, précisaient-ils également, évoquant le rôle de l’Assemblée des Français de l’étranger qui peut être consulted by the government as by the presidents bedrooms.

The minister asked

The president of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, and the president of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, responded on February 8, 2024 that “the organization of the meetings seems more a matter of government initiative”, returning the ball to the Quai d ‘Orsay. In fact, they explain having sent a copy of the parliamentarians’ letter to Stéphane Séjourné, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, asking him “to kindly give a favorable response.”

This shipment was accompanied by a letter addressed to the minister by the presidency and the AFE office at the beginning of March 2024. They recall that 140 advisors of French people abroad “of all political and associative tendencies” signed the call to organize meetings on social protection and ask Stéphane Séjourné and Minister Delegate Franck Riester “to initiate a government consultation during a session of the Assembly of French Abroad.” Finally, they suggest taking advantage of the 41st plenary session of the AFE scheduled for October 2024 to organize these meetings. The 40th session, opening on March 18, 2024, should provide some answers on this issue.

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