France: parties blooming for a European spring?

European Parliament, Brussels CC/Flickr/William Warby

European Parliament, Brussels
CC/Flickr/William Warby

As the EU elections draw closer, France has seen several new parties appear in its political landscape. This is particularly interesting given the recent scandals in French politics: the left has mainly suffered from Hollande’s controversial leadership, while the right is divided and weakened by recent revelations (the Sarkozy recordings for example). Some see the FN as the big winner in this situation, but French voters may very well turn towards fresh alternatives.

Here is a short insight into the convictions of these new political movements. We will be following them closely in the upcoming weeks.

Nouvelle Donne (New Deal)

This leftist party was started in November 2013 by a former socialist politician, Pierre Larrouturou,  who is also a renowned economist and who named his movement after FDR’s New Deal. At the European level, Nouvelle Donne advocates a more social Europe led by its Parliament as opposed to the governments of its member states.

Parti Européen (European Party)

The European Party was created in February 2014 by young politicians looking to renew the very foundations of the European Union. They envision a federal Europe granting more powers to its different regions. Their program presents very concrete proposals in different areas (defense, social rights, environment, security, etc.), such as the harmonization of labor law, and a common European minimum wage. For the anecdote, one of their suggestions aims to protect funfairs throughout Europe.

Nous Citoyens (Us Citizens)

The movement was created in December 2013 by a French entrepreneur called Denis Payre. Nous Citoyens calls for a more democratic Europe that would no more take the fall for the errors of national politicians. They see the Union as an essential tool to control the influence of capitalism over the European society.

Le Rassemblement Citoyen (The Citizen Gathering)

Movement founder Corinne Lepage, who is also a member of the European Parliament, advocates the end of the traditional divide between right and left in French Politics. Since its creation in March 2013, the party has affirmed its belief in political stances such as energy transition, non-discrimination, and a federal Europe.

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