The Republicans (France)

The Republicans (French: Les Républicains, [le ʁepyblikɛ̃]; LR) is a liberal-conservative political party in France, largely inspired by the Gaullist tradition. It holds pro-European views.[2]

The Republicans
Les Républicains
PresidentChristian Jacob
Secretary-GeneralAurélien Pradié
Vice President
Group president in the National AssemblyVirginie Duby-Muller
Group president in the SenateBruno Retailleau
FounderNicolas Sarkozy
Founded30 May 2015; 7 years ago (2015-05-30)
Preceded byUnion for a Popular Movement
Youth wingLes Jeunes Républicains
("The Young Republicans")
Membership (2021)148,862 (2021)
Political positionCentre-right
National affiliationUnion of the Right and Centre
European affiliationEuropean People's Party
International affiliationCentrist Democrat International
European Parliament groupEuropean People's Party[1]
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National Assembly
58 / 577
148 / 348
European Parliament
7 / 74
Presidency of Regional Councils
6 / 17
Presidency of Departmental Councils
43 / 94

The party was formed on 30 May 2015 from the renaming and refoundation of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), which had been established in 2002 under the leadership of then President of France Jacques Chirac.[3][4]

LR, as previously the UMP, used to be one of the two major political parties in the French Fifth Republic along with the centre-left Socialist Party. Following the 2017 legislative election, LR is the second largest party in the National Assembly, behind President Emmanuel Macron's La République En Marche! party. LR is a member of the European People's Party,[5] the Centrist Democrat International,[6] and the International Democrat Union.[7]

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