Four Armenians Elected to French Parliament

PARIS, France (A.W.)—Four ethnic Armenians—Danielle Cazarian, Nadia Essayan, Guillaume Kasbarian, and Jacques Marilossian—were elected to France’s National Assembly on June 18. All four Members of Parliament (MP) represent newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s La République en Marche (LREM), which won 308 seats with 43 percent of the vote.

(L to R) Guillaume Kasbarian, Danielle Cazarian, Nadia Essayan, and Jacques Marilossian

According to preliminary results, the LREM and its centrist ally MoDem will control at least 355 of the 577 seats in the French National Assembly. Three-quarters of the Parliament are new members and a record 223 of the 577 MPs are women.

Pascal Chamassian, A fifth French-Armenian candidate (LREM) was defeated by the pro-Armenian Valérie Boyer of the Republicans. On Dec. 2011, the National Assembly of France adopted a bill presented by Valérie Boyer, penalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide.

Patrick Devedjian, the 72-year old veteran member of the Republicans and the only ethnic Armenian in the outgoing Parliament, did not run for reelection.

Around half a million ethnic Armenian live in France—one of the largest Armenian Diasporas in the world. Ahead of the May Presidential elections, Macron and other front-runners appealed to the Armenian community for their support.

The Coordination Council of Armenian Organization in France (CCAF) officially endorsed Macron on April 27, ahead of his run-off election against Marine Le Pen of the French National Front (FN) party. On April 24, Macron visited Paris’ Armenian Genocide memorial to 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and told reporters that the memory of the victims “must be fully recognized.”




7 Comments on Four Armenians Elected to French Parliament

  1. avatar art K hagopian // June 19, 2017 at 5:28 pm // Reply

    I am really astonished !. Why did an armenian run against Valerie Boyer the most pro armenian member of parliament vilified by the Turks. This is truly unacceptable considering her many years of support for armenian justice.

  2. I am very happy to read that four Armenians have been elected in the
    French National Assembly. I am 92 years old, I was born in Paris,
    my parents were Armenians from Adabazar in Turquey. I whish good luck to all those who have voted for us ! to all those who have voted for Armenians from France.

  3. avatar Tatios yessayan // June 20, 2017 at 1:26 pm // Reply

    Congratulations. God bless you All.

  4. avatar ALBERT AVEDISSIAN // June 20, 2017 at 6:50 pm // Reply


  5. avatar Aghavni Berry // June 21, 2017 at 11:55 am // Reply

    Well done all of you, we are very proud of you and hope France will be a much safer and tolerant country with such diverse members of parliament.

  6. avatar Isabelle MARILIER // June 23, 2017 at 7:38 am // Reply

    Qu’ils soient arméniens ou non, ces députés vont voter avec Macron, non seulement que ma retraite ne soit pas augmentée mais en plus qu’elle sera ponctionnée de 350 euros sur l’année. Mais c’est bien connu la majorité des arméniens sont à droite et se soucient peu des classes laborieuses. En ce qui me concerne cela m’est bien égal que ces arméniens là aient été élus, il faudrait élargir la réflexion et ne pas avoir que le prisme arménien car nous sommes aussi des citoyens français.

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