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List of political parties in France

List of political parties in France

This article contains a list of political parties in France.

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:

  • on the centre-left, one led by the Socialist Party and with minor partners such as The Greens and the Radical Party of the Left.
  • on the centre-right, one led by The Republicans (and previously its predecessors, the Union for a Popular Movement, Rally for the Republic) and the Union of Democrats and Independents.

This was the case until the 2017 presidential election, when Emmanuel Macron of the centrist La République En Marche! defeated Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Rally in the second round. This was the first time in which a third party had won the presidency, as well as the first time that neither of the major coalitions had appeared in the second round of a presidential election. This was followed shortly by a significant victory for LREM in the 2017 legislative election, winning a majority of 350 seats. Both the traditional coalitions suffered major defeats.

In the 2022 presidential election, the same scenario repeated, with Emmanuel Macron being again victorious. Both traditional parties (Socialist Party and The Republicans) scored less than 5% each, with Jean-Luc Mélenchon's La France Insoumise emerging as the dominant left-wing party, ranking third in the first round.

The National Rally (previously known as the National Front before a name change in 2018) has also experienced significant successes in other elections. Since 2014, the party has established itself as a major party in France, finishing in first place in the 2014 and 2019 European elections as well as in the 2015 local elections, though the party failed to win government in any regions due to the last-ditch alliance between the centre-left and the centre-right coalitions in Hauts-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Elected parties

Major nationwide represented parties

Other nationwide represented parties

Regional parties with national representation

Region-only parties

Non-elected parties

French Revolution

  • Jacobin Club (Centre-left to left-wing)
    • Girondist (Centre-left)
    • Maraisards (Syncretic)
    • Montagnards (Radicalism)
  • Cordeliers Club (Left-wing to far-left)
    • Hébertistes (Far-left)
  • Feuillants Club
  • Enragés (Far-left)
  • Monarchiens (Centre to centre-right)
  • Club de Clichy (Right-wing)
  • Bonapartists (1815)

Historical parties

  • Bonapartists (1815, 1851–1889)
  • Socialist Party of France (1902)
  • French Socialist Party (1902)
  • French Socialist Party (1919)
  • Socialist Party of France – Jean Jaurès Union
  • French Section of the Workers International
  • Democratic Republican Alliance
  • Union of the Democratic Forces (1958–1960)
  • French Agrarian and Farmer Party (PAPF; 1927–1939)
  • Agrarian and Social Republican Party (PRAS; 1936–1940)
  • National Popular Rally (RNP; 1941–1945)
  • Farmers' Social Union Party (1945–1951)
  • The New Democrats (2020–2022)

Political parties in French overseas possessions

  • List of political parties in French Guiana
  • List of political parties in French Polynesia
  • List of political parties in Guadeloupe
  • List of political parties in Martinique
  • List of political parties in Mayotte
  • List of political parties in New Caledonia
  • List of political parties in Reunion
  • List of political parties in Saint Barthélemy
  • List of political parties in the Collectivity of Saint Martin
  • List of political parties in Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
  • List of political parties in Wallis and Futuna

Historical parties

  • French India Socialist Party
  • Mahé Socialist Party
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See also

  • Liberalism and radicalism in France
  • Lists of political parties



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