2004 European Parliament election in France


Elections to the European Parliament were held in France on 13 June 2004. The opposition Socialist Party made substantial gains, although this was mainly at the expense of minor parties. The governing Union for a Popular Movement and Union for French Democracy also made gains.

European Parliament election in France, 2004

 1999 13 June 2004 2009 

74 seats to the European Parliament
  First party Second party Third party
 
Leader François Hollande Jean-Pierre Raffarin François Bayrou
Party PS UMP UDF
Last election 22 seats 13 seats 9 seats
Seats won 31 17 11
Seat change +9 +5 +2
Popular vote 4,960,756 2,856,368 2,053,446
Percentage 28.9% 16.6% 11.9%
Swing +6.9 +3.82 +2.7

Seats


The elections were conducted in seven regional constituencies in metropolitan France, plus an eighth consisting of all overseas departments and territories. Allocation of seats was by proportional representation, with closed lists and no preferential voting, using the rule of the highest average, with a threshold of 5% of the votes in each.

French districts for elections to the European Parliament. Multiple MEPs are elected by proportional representation from each district. The outre-mer district is not shown.
ConstituencyDepartementsSeats
Nord-OuestLower Normandy, Upper Normandy, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Picardy12
OuestBrittany, Pays de la Loire, Poitou-Charentes10
EstAlsace, Burgundy, Champagne-Ardenne, Franche-Comté, Lorraine10
Sud-OuestAquitaine, Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées10
Sud-EstCorsica, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Rhône-Alpes13
Massif-Central – CentreAuvergne, Centre, Limousin 6
Île-de-FranceÎle-de-France14
Outre-Mer
(not shown)
French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Réunion, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna3

Results


e  d Summary of the 13 June 2004 European Parliament election results in France
Parties and coalitions Popular vote Seats
#  % Change # Change
Socialist Party (Parti socialiste) 4,960,756 28.90 +6.95 31 +9
Union for a Popular Movement (Union pour un mouvement populaire) 2,856,368 16.64 +3.82 17 +5
Union for French Democracy (Union pour la démocratie Française) 2,053,446 11.96 +2.68 11 +2
National Front (Front national) 1,684,947 9.81 +4.12 7 +2
The Greens (Les Verts) 1,271,394 7.41 -2.31 6 -3
Movement for France (Mouvement pour la France) 1,145,839 6.67 3
French Communist Party (Parti communiste français) – Alliance for the Overseas (Alliance pour l'Outre-mer) 1,009,976 5.88 -0.9 3 -3
Workers' Struggle (Lutte ouvrière) – Revolutionary Communist League (Ligue communiste révolutionnaire) 440,134 2.56 -2.62 0 -5
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditions (Chasse, pêche, nature, traditions) 297,273 1.73 -5.04 0 -6
Rally for France (Ralliement pour la France) 291,234 1.70 -11.35 0 -13
Others 1,155,991 6.74 0 ±0
Total 17,167,358 100 78 -9
Valid votes17,167,35896.70
Spoilt and null votes585,2453.30
Votes cast / turnout17,752,60342.76
Abstentions23,765,99257.24
Registered voters41,518,595
Source: France-politique.fr

Members elected


Map showing the number of MEPs and their parties by electoral district. One square represents one seat

For a national list in alphabetical order, see List of members of the European Parliament for France, 2004–09

Nord-Ouest

Ouest

Est

Sud-Ouest

Sud-Est

Massif-Central – Centre

Île-de-France

Outre-mer