31st December 2010, New Year’s Eve, the last day of the year.

Okay, I know, you might be doing something in the evening, but between the hours of 9 and 5 (excluding lunchtime of course) will be your last chance to register to vote in any forthcoming European or Municipal elections.

If you don’t register before this date, then you won’t be entitled to vote in any election in 2011. So alas, if you didn’t register by 31st Dec 2009 you likewise will not be able to vote in any of this year’s elections (2010).

As a foreign resident in France you are entitled to vote in the Municipal and European elections, but not the nationals, that privilege is reserved for French ‘citizens’ only. So if you believe in exercising your democratic muscle – get down to your local marie du quartier with your passport and evidence of address by the end of the year.