Quiet electoral party for Americans in France this year


The United States is expected to vote for its next president on November 3, but due to coronavirus restrictions in France, many traditional events and festivals will not take place.Each year, the United States Embassy in Paris organizes an invitation-only party on election night. Confirmed press contact at The connection that no event is planned this year.

Jamie McCourt, the US Ambassador to France, said the same in an interview with The connection for a article published in the October journal.

“It’s like football in America,” she said. “It’s an event to watch but with Covid I don’t see how it’s going to be possible this year.”

Harry’s New York Bar in Paris’ second arrondissement traditionally hosts an event featuring a straw poll, where guests can vote if they can prove their nationality.

The cocktail bar has been organizing the vote since 1924, and only twice obtained the incorrect actual result, in 1976 and 2004.

Due to coronavirus restrictions, all bars in Paris are closed, including Harry’s Bar, so there will be no event this year. The connection tried contacting the bar to see if they were planning to host an event online, but got no response.

For Democratic supporters, there will be an online Open Zoom event, hosted by Democrats Abroad, taking place on November 3, from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. the next day. Details will be announced shortly.

Republicans overseas do not list any election night events on their website. The connection contacted them but did not receive a response.

Watch the elections in France

The American elections will be broadcast on several television channels in France, including TF1, LCI, France 2 and France 3.

France 2 will have an election program called “USA 2020, the election that will change the world” (USA 2020, the election that will change the world), broadcast at 8:45 pm on November 3.

News organizations FranceInfo, France 24, RTS, RTBF and TV5Monde will also cover the vote on election night and the following morning.

As to when the election results will be known, that could be more complicated.

All polling stations will be closed at 3:00 a.m. Central European Time (CET) on November 4. In 2016, when current US President Donald Trump won, he gave his winning speech at 7:50 a.m. CET the day after election day.

Due to the coronavirus, more people are expected to choose to vote by mail this year. This could mean that the election results will only be known days or even weeks after November 3.

This year’s U.S. election will see Republican candidate and incumbent President Mr. Trump face off against Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden.

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