Israeli Woman Barred From French Parliament

Daphna Poznanski-Benhamou Broke Financing Rules: Court

By JTA

Published February 17, 2013.
  • Print
  • Share Share

The Constitutional Council of France has nullified the recent election of Daphna Poznanski-Benhamou, a French-Israeli citizen, to the National Assembly.

Daphna Poznanski-Benhamou
Daphna Poznanski-Benhamou

Poznanski-Benhamou, believed to be the first Israeli citizen elected to the French parliament, was declared ineligible because she exceeded restrictions on campaign funding, the council said in a statement on its website.

French law does not permit direct funding by candidates for their own campaigns except for negligible expenses. This was not the case with Poznanski-Benhamou, a Socialist candidate who supplied just shy of 18 percent of the total expenditure, the council said.

The expenditures were made ahead of the June election for the eighth constituency for French residents overseas, made up of Frenchmen living in Israel, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Malta, Cyprus, the Vatican and San Marino.

Poznanski-Benhamou will remain ineligible for election for one year and a new election will be held within two months, the statement said.

The council began its probe following a complaint filed on June 28 by Valérie Hoffenberg, a French Jewish woman who ran against Poznanski-Benhamou in the election to serve as representative of the UMP party.


The Jewish Daily Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Jewish Daily Forwardrequires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and The Jewish Daily Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.





Find us on Facebook!
  • British Jews are having their 'Open Hillel' moment. Do you think Israel advocacy on campus runs the risk of excluding some Jewish students?
  • "What I didn’t realize before my trip was that I would leave Uganda with a powerful mandate on my shoulders — almost as if I had personally left Egypt."
  • Is it better to have a young, fresh rabbi, or a rabbi who stays with the same congregation for a long time? What do you think?
  • Why does the leader of Israel's social protest movement now work in a beauty parlor instead of the Knesset?
  • What's it like to be Chagall's granddaughter?
  • Is pot kosher for Passover. The rabbis say no, especially for Ashkenazi Jews. And it doesn't matter if its the unofficial Pot Day of April 20.
  • A Ukrainian rabbi says he thinks the leaflets ordering Jews in restive Donetsk to 'register' were a hoax. But the disturbing story still won't die.
  • Some snacks to help you get through the second half of Passover.
  • You wouldn't think that a Soviet-Jewish immigrant would find much in common with Gabriel Garcia Marquez. But the famed novelist once helped one man find his first love. http://jd.fo/f3JiS
  • Can you relate?
  • The Forverts' "Bintel Brief" advice column ran for more than 65 years. Now it's getting a second life — as a cartoon.
  • Half of this Hillel's members believe Jesus was the Messiah.
  • Vinyl isn't just for hipsters and hippies. Israeli photographer Eilan Paz documents the most astonishing record collections from around the world:http://jd.fo/g3IyM
  • Could Spider-Man be Jewish? Andrew Garfield thinks so.
  • Most tasteless video ever? A new video shows Jesus Christ dying at Auschwitz.
  • from-cache

Would you like to receive updates about new stories?




















We will not share your e-mail address or other personal information.

Already subscribed? Manage your subscription.