List of political parties in France

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France has a multi-party political system: one in which the number of competing political parties is sufficiently large as to make it almost inevitable that in order to participate in the exercise of power any single party must be prepared to negotiate with one or more others with a view to forming electoral alliances and/or coalition agreements.

The dominant French political parties are also characterised by a noticeable degree of intra-party factionalism, making each of them effectively a coalition in itself.

Up until recently, the government of France had alternated between two rather stable coalitions:

This was the case until the 2017 legislative election, when Emmanuel Macron's party, La République En Marche!, won a large majority in parliament. This caused a political upset, as it was the first time in French history when one of the two main contemporary parties had not won.

Another political party that has had sizable successes is National Rally (RN) (previously known as the National Front before a name change in 2018). Since 2014, the party has established itself as the third sizable party, finishing in 1st place in the 2014 European elections as well as in the 2015 local elections,[1] although it still didn't manage to win any executives mostly due to the last-ditch alliance between the centre-left and the centre-right coalitions in Hauts-de-France region as well as in the South of France.[2] Now many political observers talk about the "tripartisme" (English: tripartism) of the French political landscape.[3][4][5] In the 2017 presidential election, Emmanuel Macron, under the banner of En Marche!, defeated Marine Le Pen.

Elected parties[edit]

Major nationwide represented parties[edit]

Acronym and Name National coalition Leader or Chairman People's Representatives Political Position Ideology
REM: La République En Marche! None Christophe Castaner National Assembly:
311 / 577
Senate:
21 / 348
European Parliament:
0 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Centre Liberalism, economic liberalism, pro-Europeanism, big tent
LR: The Republicans

(See also, UMP & RPR.)
None Laurent Wauquiez National Assembly:
112 / 577
Senate:
142 / 348
European Parliament:
19 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
7 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
44 / 101
Centre-right The Strong Right: Sarkozysm, social conservatism, Christian democracy


The Social Right: Gaullism, pro-Europeanism


Modern and Humanist France: Economic liberalism, Christian democracy, pro-Europeanism


Gaullism, a way forward for France: Gaullism, souverainism, Christian democracy


The Popular Right: Souverainism, protectionism, euroscepticism, economic liberalism, social conservatism, liberal conservatism

PS: Socialist Party New Left Olivier Faure National Assembly:
30 / 577
Senate:
86 / 348
European Parliament:
10 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
5 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
27 / 101
Centre-left Mobilise the French People for a Successful Change: Social democracy, social liberalism, pro-Europeanism


Now the Left: Democratic socialism, social democracy, pro-Europeanism

Other nationwide represented parties[edit]

Acronym and Name National coalition Leader or Chairman People's Representatives Political Position Ideology
MoDem: Democratic Movement None François Bayrou National Assembly:
42 / 577
Senate:
6 / 348
European Parliament:
4 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
1 / 101
Centre to Centre-right Centrism, Liberalism, Social liberalism, Christian democracy
FI: La France Insoumise None Jean-Luc Mélenchon National Assembly:
17 / 577
Senate:
0 / 348
European Parliament:
0 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Left-wing Democratic socialism, Eco-socialism, Left-wing populism, Environmentalism, Alter-globalisation, Soft Euroscepticism
PCF: French Communist Party Left Front Pierre Laurent National Assembly:
10 / 577
Senate:
18 / 348
European Parliament:
1 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
1 / 101
Far-left Communism
RN: National Rally Rassemblement bleu Marine Marine Le Pen National Assembly:
8 / 577
Senate:
2 / 348
European Parliament:
22 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Right-wing to Far-right French nationalism, National conservatism, Souverainism, Protectionism, Right-wing populism, Anti-immigration, Hard Euroscepticism
MR: Radical Movement None Laurent Hénart Sylvia Pinel National Assembly:
10 / 577
Senate:
19 / 348
European Parliament:
2 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Centre Liberalism, Social liberalism, Pro-Europeanism
LC: The Centrists Union of Democrats and Independents Hervé Morin National Assembly:
5 / 577
Senate:
9 / 348
European Parliament:
0 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Centre to Centre-right Centrism, Conservative liberalism, Christian democracy
FED: Democratic European Force Union of Democrats and Independents Jean-Christophe Lagarde National Assembly:
2 / 577
Senate:
4 / 348
European Parliament:
0 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Centre-right Centrism, Social liberalism, Pro-Europeanism, Christian democracy
LGM: Modern Left Union of Democrats and Independents Jean-Marie Bockel National Assembly:
0 / 577
Senate:
1 / 348
European Parliament:
0 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Centre Social liberalism
MdP: Movement of Progressives None Robert Hue National Assembly:
1 / 577
Senate:
1 / 348
European Parliament:
0 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Left-wing Democratic socialism
DLF: Debout la France None Nicolas Dupont-Aignan National Assembly:
1 / 577
Senate:
0 / 348
European Parliament:
0 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Right-wing French nationalism, National conservatism, Gaullism, Republicanism, Souverainism, Social conservatism, Euroscepticism
AC: Centrist Alliance None Jean Arthuis National Assembly:
2 / 577
Senate:
9 / 348
European Parliament:
1 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Centre Liberalism, Pro-Europeanism, Centrism
MRC: Citizen and Republican Movement None Jean-Luc Laurent National Assembly:
1 / 577
Senate:
0 / 348
European Parliament:
0 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Left-wing Republicanism, Souverainism, Democratic socialism, Euroscepticism, Protectionism
LRC-Cap21: Citizenship, Action, Participation for the 21st Century None Corinne Lepage National Assembly:
4 / 577
Senate:
0 / 348
European Parliament:
1 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Centre to Centre-left Environmentalism, Green liberalism, Direct democracy, Humanism, Eurorealism
EELV: Europe Ecology – The Greens None David Cormand National Assembly:
1 / 577
Senate:
10 / 348
European Parliament:
5 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Centre-left Green politics, Regionalism, European federalism
PG: Left Party Left Front Eric Coquerel and Danielle Simonnet National Assembly:
0 / 577
Senate:
0 / 348
European Parliament:
1 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Left-wing Democratic socialism, Left-wing populism, Environmentalism, Alter-globalisation, Soft Euroscepticism
Génération.S None Benoît Hamon National Assembly:
0 / 577
Senate:
0 / 348
European Parliament:
2 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
1 / 101
Centre-left
Ensemble! None None National Assembly:
2 / 577
Senate:
0 / 348
European Parliament:
0 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Left-wing Socialism, Eco-socialism, Anti-globalisation
PE: Ecologist Party None François de Rugy National Assembly:
3 / 577
Senate:
1 / 348
European Parliament:
0 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Green politics, Green liberalism, Environmentalism, Social-liberalism, European federalism
Resistons! None Jean Lassalle National Assembly:
1 / 577
Senate:
0 / 348
European Parliament:
0 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Centre Ruralism, Humanism, Localism, Sovereignty
Agir UDI, Agir and Independents group National Assembly:
9 / 577
Senate:
6 / 348
European Parliament:
1 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils:
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils:
0 / 101
Centre to Centre-right Liberalism, Social liberalism, Progressivism, Christian democracy

Region only parties[edit]

Acronym and Name National coalition Leader or Chairman Territorial councillors Ideology
CPNT: Hunt, Fish, Nature, Traditions None Frédéric Nihous Regional:
6 / 1,880
Traditional rural values; refusal of environmental legislation and regulations restricting the right to hunt and fish, conservative, Eurosceptic
MEI: Independent Ecological Movement None Antoine Waechter Regional:
3 / 1,880
Green politics, Centrism, anti-nuclear
NPA: New Anticapitalist Party None Christine Poupin Regional:
2 / 1,880
Anti-capitalism, democratic socialism, eco-socialism, alter-globalisation
GU: Unitarian Left Left Front Christian Picquet Regional:
7 / 1,880
Anti-capitalism, democratic socialism

Non-elected parties[edit]

Acronym and Name National coalition Leader or Chairman Political Position
PNF: French Nationalist Party None Jean-François Simon Euroscepticism, nationalism, conservatism, patriotism
AF: French Action None Stéphane Blanchonnet Monarchism, nationalism, conservatism, Euroscepticism
UPR: Popular Republican Union None François Asselineau French nationalism, Hard Euroscepticism
AR: Royal Alliance None Pierre Bernard Monarchism (Orléanism), conservatism, Euroscepticism
NAR: New Royalist Action None Bertrand Renouvin Monarchism, conservatism, Euroscepticism, gaulism
LRF: France Awakens None Nicolas Taupin, Sébastien Taupin Cartesianism, rationalism, pragmatism, Enlightenment Age
RD: Democratic Rally None Philippe Cartellier Monarchism, conservatism, gaulism, Capetism
GE: Ecology Generation None Yves Piétrasanta Green politics, green conservatism, centre-right
GR: Revolutionary Left None Collective Marxism, socialism, Trotskyism
PCOF: Workers' Communist Party of France Left Front Collective Communism, Marxism–Leninism, hoxhaism, anti-revisionism
POI: Independent Workers' Party None Daniel Gluckstein, Claude Jenet, Jean Markun, Gérard Schivardi Communism, trotskyism, Marxism, proletarian internationalism
PRCF: Pole of Communist Rebirth in France None Léon Landini Communism, Marxism-Leninism, anti-capitalism, nationalism
OCML-VP: Marxist–Leninist Communist Organization – Proletarian Way None Collective Communism, Marxism-Leninism-Maoism
PP: Pirate Party None Maxime Rouquet, Guillaume Lecoquierre Intellectual property reform, protection of privacy and individual liberty
LO: Workers' Struggle None Nathalie Arthaud, spokeswoman Trotskyism, internationalism, feminism
PLD: Liberal Democratic Party None Aurélien Véron Classical liberalism
FA: Anarchist Federation None Collective Anarchist Synthesist, anarchism without adjectives
AL: Alternative Libertaire None Collective Anarchist Communism
PL: Libertarian Party None Guilhem d'Urbal Libertarianism

French Revolution[edit]

Historical parties[edit]

Political parties in French overseas possessions[edit]

Historical parties[edit]

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