Radical Movement

The Radical Movement (French: Mouvement radical, MR), whose complete name is Radical, Social and Liberal Movement (French: Mouvement radical, social et libéral) is a social-liberal political party in France.

Radical Movement

Mouvement radical
PresidentLaurent Hénart
Founded10 December 2017
Merger ofRadical Party
Radical Party of the Left
Headquarters1, place de Valois
75001 Paris
LGBT wingGayLib
Membership (2017) 15,000 claimed adherents[1]
Social liberalism[3]
Political positionCentre[5]
European affiliationAlliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
European Parliament groupRenew Europe
Colours     Mauve
SloganOuverts, unis, indépendants
"Open, United, Independent"
National Assembly
16 / 577
14 / 348
European Parliament
1 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils
0 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils
0 / 101

The party aims at being an "alternative to the right-left paradigm".[5][6]


The Radical Party (PR) was founded in 1901 as the Republican, Radical and Radical-Socialist Party. In 1972, the left-wing of the party split and formed the Radical Party of the Left (PRG). The two parties were part of different political alliances, with the PR part of the centre-right, successively the Union for French Democracy, Union for a Popular Movement and Union of Democrats and Independents, while the PRG allied with the Socialist Party on the centre-left, with PRG leader Sylvia Pinel contesting the Socialist Party presidential primary in January 2017.

The idea for a united Radical Party was promoted in June 2017 after the presidential election in which Emmanuel Macron won the presidential election as the candidate for the centrist La République En Marche!.[7]

The two parties were officially merged into the MR on 10 December 2017.[5][6]

The party joined the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe on 9 November 2018.[8] The LBGT association GayLib joined the party on 18 June 2018.[9]

In February 2019, faction of ex-PRG members, including its last president Sylvia Pinel, split from the Radical Movement due to its expected alliance with La République En Marche in the European elections and plans to resurrect the PRG,[10] who will meet on 16 March to move toward the reconstitution of the old party.[11]


There are eight core ideas that the party stated at the founding congress.[12]

Election results

European Parliament

Election year Votes % Seats +/−
2019 5,079,015 (Renaissance) 22.42
1 / 79

See also


  1. Quinault-Maupoil, Tristan (10 December 2017). "Les deux familles radicales scellent leur alliance". Lefigaro.fr (in French).
  2. Bentz, Luc (19 December 2017). "Radicaux en mouvement: UDI en dérive ?". Blogs.lexpress.fr (in French).
  3. "Étiquette : Mouvement Radical Social Libéral la revue des vœux des leaders de toute la Droite". Dtom.fr (in French). 6 January 2018.
  4. Galiero, Emmanuel (8 June 2018). "Le Mouvement Radical prépare les Européennes". Lefigaro.fr (in French).
  5. "Après quarante-cinq ans de schisme, le Parti radical de gauche et le Parti radical valoisien se réunissent". Le Monde (in French). 10 December 2017.
  6. "Les radicaux se retrouvent après 45 ans de séparation". Lejdd.fr (in French). 9 December 2017.
  7. "Hénart: "Construire un grand parti radical avec le PRG. Indépendant des Républicains et d'En Marche"". France3-regions.francetvinfo.fr. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  8. "Le Mouvement Radical / Social-Libéral s'associe avec GayLib – Mouvement Radical". lemouvementradical.fr (in French). Retrieved 2019-10-21.
  9. Tristan Quinault-Maupoil (11 February 2019). "À gauche, les échéances électorales divisent les radicaux". Le Figaro. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  10. Anne-Laure Dagnet (14 February 2019). "Le brief politique. Le PRG implose entre "pro" et "anti" Macron". Franceinfo. Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  11. "Declaration Politique" (PDF). Partiradical.net.