France: Political parties at a glance

Comprehensible info on all major parties in the country

Parties in the parliament

Agir

Name Agir, la droite constructive–Union des démocrates et indépendants
Political orientation Centre-right
Latest electoral trend 1.1% - Stable trend
All information at a glance: Agir

Debout la France

Debout la France (DLF) means "Stand up straight, France" in German translation and was called Debout la République until 2014. The candidate of the national-populist small party is the mayor of Yerres and non-factional deputy Nicolas Dupont-Aignan. The DLF is considered social interventionist and welfare-state oriented. It claims to want to defend the country's national identity.
Name Debout la France
Translation France Arise
Group in the EU Parliament ECR
Political orientation Right-wing
Latest electoral trend 2% - Stable trend
All information at a glance: Debout la France

Divers droite

Name Divers droite
Political orientation Right-wing
All information at a glance: Divers droite

Divers gauche

Name Divers gauche
Political orientation Left-wing
All information at a glance: Divers gauche

Extreme droite

Name Extreme droite
Political orientation Far right
All information at a glance: Extreme droite

La France insoumise

The La France insoumise (LFI) party is among the French left-wing populist parties. 'Unbending France' is skeptical of the European Union. Its leading candidate is party founder Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who aspires to a pan-European populism.
Name La France insoumise
Translation Unsubmissive France
Group in the EU Parliament Left
Political orientation Left-wing
Latest electoral trend 10% - Stable trend
All information at a glance: La France insoumise

Les Républicains

Valérie Pécresse is running for the party Les Républicains (The Republicans), which embodies the French bourgeois right. For several decades, the Republicans, together with the Socialists, constituted one of the two major French political camps. However, this traditional spectrum was replaced by La République en marche in the last elections. Valérie Précesse is regional president of the Ile de France region, a politically important Parisian region, and gained experience in government under former President Nicolas Sarkozy. She is the first woman to run for the conservative Republicans and is campaigning for greater security.
Name Les Républicains
Translation The Republicans
Group in the EU Parliament EPP
Political orientation Centre-right
Latest electoral trend 15.7% - Declining trend
All information at a glance: Les Républicains

Les Verts

The Europe Écologie - Les Verts party is the equivalent of the Greens. For the presidential election, the EU parliamentarian Yannick Yadot enters the race. Determined by primary election, the candidate is considered pragmatic. He wants to withdraw public funds from companies that use fossil energy and advocates a moderate phase-out of nuclear power in the country within 15 to 20 years. At the regional level, the French Greens achieved some electoral successes.
Name Europe Écologie Les Verts
Translation Europe Ecology – The Greens
Group in the EU Parliament Greens
Political orientation Environment & Climate
Latest electoral trend 6.7% - Stable trend
All information at a glance: Les Verts

Les partis régionaux

Name Les partis régionaux
Political orientation Transversal
All information at a glance: Les partis régionaux

Mouvement démocrate

Name Mouvement démocrate
Translation Democratic Movement
Group in the EU Parliament RE
Political orientation Liberal politics
All information at a glance: Mouvement démocrate

Parti communiste français

The presidential candidate of the Parti Communiste Francais (PCF) is Fabien Roussel. He wants to increase purchasing power and the minimum wage in the country. In addition, the communist advocates the introduction of a covid tax for companies that were able to profit from the pandemic. Another criterion is to triple the wealth tax.
Name Parti communiste français
Translation French Communist Party
Group in the EU Parliament Left
Political orientation Far left
Latest electoral trend 1.9% - Declining trend
All information at a glance: Parti communiste français

Parti radical de gauche

Name Parti radical de gauche
Political orientation Left-wing
All information at a glance: Parti radical de gauche

Parti socialiste

The candidate of the Socialist Party (Parti socialiste) is Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris. Since Francois Hollande's tenure, the Parti socialiste has been in crisis at the state level. Hidalgo's campaign promises include higher wages and double pay for teachers. Households with a higher carbon footprint should be hit with a climate tax, according to the Paris mayor.
Name Parti socialiste
Translation Socialist Party
Group in the EU Parliament S&D
Political orientation Centre-left
Latest electoral trend 3.1% - Declining trend
All information at a glance: Parti socialiste

Rassemblement national

Marine Le Pen of the Rassemblement national (RN), the former Front National, is considered a promising candidate for the runoff. Le Pen has repeatedly been in second place in the polls. The daughter of the radical former party leader Jean-Marie Le Pen, she has recently shown herself to be more moderate and has thus risen in the voters' favor. Marine Le Pen is a declared opponent of a multicultural society and sees it as having a damaging effect on the French economy.
Name Rassemblement national
Translation National Rally
Group in the EU Parliament ID
Political orientation Right-wing
Latest electoral trend 16.5% - Rising trend
All information at a glance: Rassemblement national

République en marche

La République en marche (LREM) is a party founded in 2016 by incumbent Emmanuel Macron and translates as "The Republic on the Move!". Its positions include liberality as well as European integration. Among other things, it advocates equality between men and women in the workplace and calls for extensive privatization for the public sector. One of Macron's goals is to overcome the division of the French political landscape into right and left. He describes his party's orientation as "progressivism."
Name La République en marche–Mouvement démocrate
Translation The Republic on the Move!
Political orientation Liberal politics
Latest electoral trend 24.6% - Stable trend
All information at a glance: République en marche

Other important parties

Extrême gauche

Name Extrême gauche
Political orientation Far left
All information at a glance: Extrême gauche

Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste

The Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste (NPA) party was founded in 2009. It stands for anti-capitalist and socialist policies that seek to overcome capitalism and environmental degradation. It has not yet made it into the National Assembly or the EU Parliament. Its candidate is the trade unionist Philippe Poutou.
Name Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste
Political orientation Far left
Latest electoral trend 1.1% - Stable trend
All information at a glance: Nouveau Parti anticapitaliste

Reconquête

The far-right author and journalist Éric Zemmour is running for the Reconquéte (Reconquest) movement. He is known for his polemical statements and holds Islamophobic positions. He also sees France on the brink and wants to "reconquer" the country with his movement. During his public appearances, there have been several times of turmoil.
Name Reconquête
Translation Reconquest
Political orientation Far right
Latest electoral trend 12.9% - Declining trend
All information at a glance: Reconquête

Résistons!

For the Résistons movement, National Assembly deputy Jean Lasalle is entering the race. In his home village of Lourdios-Ichere, the agricultural machinery technician has been mayor without interruption since 1977. Lasalle is considered an atypical politician who wants to resist "finance capital." He already ran in the presidential election in 2017.
Name Résistons!
Political orientation Liberal politics
Latest electoral trend 1.4% - Rising trend
All information at a glance: Résistons!