To those of you who say "You left the country so you should have no rights"... can they explain to me where one DOES have rights then. Unless one has French nationality you can't vote here. Perhaps all those folks who say the above are comfy, settled and can see the rest of their comfy-bubble lives playing out to ther satisfaction.
I owe no alleigance to my country of origin as it owes none to me (and has made that very clear). I have no democratic rights anywhere on this planet because I had the temerity to go find work the only place I could find it - France, and I was too poor to make a visit home within 3 years so.. I lost the right to vote because my country made me unemployed and thinks I should stay away.
I don't know where I'll end up, perhaps back in NZ. Why is it if you leave a country you are considered a traitor; get with the 21st century. I may not be living there but I keep up with all the news, sign kiwi petitions, lobby MPs. One might say I'm more active for NZ than a lot of apathetic kiwis are. You think I shouldn't have rights?
I won't have any rights in France until I can become a French citizen, maybe then I'll have the right to have any kind of work I want, start a business do a lot of things I don't have. I'm not saying the world owes me a living though I think govenments should be responsible for providing environments where anyone can have a decent job. They don't!
I can understand Brits feeling a bit miffed about not having the vote compared to the democratic rights of the French. No one knows when or if they might have to go back to their country of origin - how about a bit of sensitivity and humanity from those hardliners who say F you if you leave a country.