Union of Democrats for the Republic

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Union of Democrats for the Republic
Union des Démocrates pour la République
Leader Charles de Gaulle
Georges Pompidou
Jacques Chaban-Delmas
Jacques Chirac
Founded 1967 (1967)
Dissolved 1976 (1976)
Preceded by Union for the New Republic
Succeeded by Rally for the Republic
Headquarters 123 rue de Lille, Paris 7th
Newspaper La Lettre de la nation Magazine
Ideology Gaullism
Political position Centre-right to Right-wing[1][2]
European Parliament group European Democratic Union (1967-73)
European Progressive Democrats (1973-76)
Colors      Orange (official)
     Blue (costumary)

The Union for the Defence of the Republic (1968, French: Union pour la défense de la République) or Union of Democrats for the Republic (1968–1976, French: Union des Démocrates pour la République), commonly abbreviated UDR, was a Gaullist[3][4] political party of France that existed from 1968 to 1976.

The UDR was the successor to Charles de Gaulle's earlier party, the Rally of the French People, and was organised in 1958, along with the founding of the Fifth Republic as the Union for the New Republic (UNR), and in 1962 merged with the Democratic Union of Labour, a left-Gaullist group. In 1967 it was joined by some Christian Democrats to form the Union of Democrats for the Fifth Republic, later dropping the 'Fifth', after the May 1968 crisis, it formed a right-wing coalition named Union for the Defense of the Republic (UDR); it was subsequently renamed Union of Democrats for the Republic, retaining the abbreviation UDR, in October 1968.

Under de Gaulle's successor Georges Pompidou it promoted the Gaullist movement, it dissolved in 1976, and its successor was the Rally for the Republic (RPR) founded by Jacques Chirac.[5]


UDR in the Senate[edit]

The UDR also had a parliamentary group in the French Senate; in 1977, the UDR Group was merged into the Rally for the Republic Group.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Goodliffe, Gabriel (2012), The Resugence of the Radical Right in France: From Boulangisme to the Front National, Cambridge University Press, p. 250 
  2. ^ Blondel, Jean (1974), Contemporary France: Politics, Society and Institutions, Methuen & Co, pp. 24–25 
  3. ^ Alexandra Hughes; Alex Hughes; Keith A Reader; Keith Reader (11 March 2002). Encyclopaedia of Contemporary French Culture. Routledge. p. 367. ISBN 978-1-134-78865-1. 
  4. ^ D. L. Hanley; Miss A P Kerr; N. H. Waites (17 August 2005). Contemporary France: Politics and Society Since 1945. Routledge. p. 130. ISBN 978-1-134-97423-8. 
  5. ^ Frank L. Wilson, "Gaullism without de Gaulle," Western Political Quarterly (1973) 26#3 pp. 485-506 in JSTOR
  6. ^ Senate Groups since 1959

Further reading[edit]

  • Berstein, Serge & Jean-Pierre Rioux (2000). The Pompidou Years, 1969-1974. Cambridge UP. S, major scholarly history of France
  • Hibbs, Douglas A., and Nicholas Vasilatos. "Economics and Politics in France: Economic Performance and Mass Political Support for Presidents Pompidou and Giscard d'Estaing." European Journal of Political Research (1981) 9#2 pp: 133-145. online
  • Wilson, Frank L. "Gaullism without de Gaulle," Western Political Quarterly (1973) 26#3 pp. 485–506 in JSTOR