Got an email yesterday from a Flophouse reader pointing out that the UMP Quebec 2014 twitter feed recently tweeted two Flophouse posts. That was unexpected but pleasantly so. Thank you to whoever manages that feed and I hope that those who follow it will be inspired to action. As of this morning there are 29 comments about the US renunciation fee raise on the regulation.gov website and it would be good to have many more. Please be aware that you can leave a comment anonymously. That's right, you do not have to give them your name or contact information.
As I was reading the feed I noticed a note from Frédéric Lefebvre, the Député des Français d’Amérique du Nord. If you are a French abroad in North America, he is your representive in the French national parliament. He has been an excellent advocate for his constituents who are, alas, part of the collateral damage brought about by FATCA. In June he met with two dual (French/US) citizens to talk directly with them about how this American legislation impacts them in France.
He says that there will be a parliamentary debate TODAY (September 18, 2014 and it's number 4 on the morning agenda) concerning the legislation that is needed to implement FATCA in France.
For those who are interested (and you are many) here is the projet de loi for FATCA that was introduced in July by Laurent Fabius and passed by the French Senate (via an "accelerated procedure").
And here is a report about the FATCA legislation prepared by Ms. Estelle GRELIER for the Assembly which was presented and discussed by the Commission des affaires étrangères on September 10.
Hopefully the debate will be recorded and if so I will post it here on the Flophouse.
Update: You can watch the debate en direct this morning here.