Arise the Republic

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Arise the Republic
Debout la République
Leader Nicolas Dupont-Aignan
Founded November 23, 2008
Headquarters 17, rue des Rossignols 91330 Yerres
Ideology Gaullism,
Social conservatism,
International affiliation None
European affiliation EUDemocrats
Colours Violet, Blue, Red
Seats in the National Assembly
2 / 577
Seats in the Senate
1 / 343
Seats in the European Parliament
0 / 72
Seats in Regional Councils
0 / 1,880
Politics of France
Political parties
Constitution of France
Parliament; government; president

Arise the Republic (Debout la République, DLR) is a political party in France that used to be a faction within the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP). The party claims itself to be a traditional Gaullist group.

It is led by Nicolas Dupont-Aignan and has two seats in the French National Assembly. Dupont-Aignan contested the 2012 Presidential election and received 644,043 votes in the first ballot, or 1.79% of the votes cast, finishing seventh. In 2007 he had failed to win the required 500 endorsements from elected officials to run in the 2007 presidential election. He dropped out without endorsing any candidate, not even UMP candidate and former President Nicolas Sarkozy. However, he was re-elected by the first round of the 2007 legislative election as a DLR candidate in his home department of Essonne.

The party is a member of EUDemocrats, a eurosceptic[1] transnational European political party. The party has been endorsed by UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage for many years and both parties are allied for the 2014 European elections

Popular support and electoral record[edit]

DLR has little electoral support, and its support is concentrated in Dupont-Aignan's department of Essonne, where the DLR list polled 5.02% in the 2009 European Parliament election[2] and it polled up to 36.14% in his hometown of Yerres[3] The party also polled well in the Île-de-France region (2.44%), the North-West (2.4%) and the East constituency (2.33%). All of these regions include conservative and Gaullist departments. For example, it polled 8.45% in the Gaullist stronghold of Colombey-les-Deux-Églises, Charles de Gaulle's home village.[4]


European Parliament[edit]

European Parliament
Election year Number of votes  % of overall vote # of seats won
2009 304,585 1.77% 0

Regional Parliament[edit]

Election year Number of votes  % of overall vote # of seats won
2010 119,835 4,15% 0
Upper Normandy
Election year Number of votes  % of overall vote # of seats won
2010 10,237 1,79% 0
Election year Number of votes  % of overall vote # of seats won
2010 14,880 2,25% 0

Elected officials[edit]

The party also claims 3 general councillors, and Mayors in four communes: Yerres, Cambrai, Saint-Prix and Ancinnes.


  1. ^ Article by Géraud de Ville in Politeia (10/2007): Eurosceptics are Eurocritics or Eurorealists;
  2. ^ "Interactive map of the 2009 European election results". Libé 
  3. ^ "Ministry of the Interior results page". 
  4. ^ "Ministry of the Interior results page". 

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