Disabled citizens in France given the right to vote for first time.

France announced in February that disabled people would be granted the right to vote. Article five of the country’s Electoral Code had previously prevented individuals who had been assigned a guardian from voting – a clause most likely to affect disabled people. The French State Secretary for Disabled People, Sophie Cluzel, agreed with the motion, saying: “Our French legislation cannot on the one hand assert that disabled people are citizens like any other, and on the other hand take away from them the most emblematic attribute of citizenship.”

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