, So we do have a filing system of sorts". Nourished by constant interventions, the files are then used to keep the political networks alive by sending out greeting cards, the Lettre du député and the deputy's activity reports, press cuttings, invitations to various manifestations (cultural, sportive, festive, etc.), and meetings, We have to ask the person responsible for the borough, systematically, because that's how it works. There are borough chiefs and 10 boroughs, you know

, Thematic files permit targeting specific publics to give resonance in the district to the deputy's initiatives -mail sent to ministers or Prefects, written questions, amendments, law proposals, interventions during full sessions, etc. -in favor of a particular category of constituents, Certain teams dispose of very elaborate classifying systems with multiple entries: alphabetical, geographical (boroughs, municipalities, voting booths, etc.), professional, thematic

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