Party of France
|Party of France|
|Parti de la France|
|Founded||February 23, 2009|
|Split from||National Front|
|Headquarters||43 route de Saint-Germain 78860, Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche|
|European Parliament group||No MEPs|
|Politics of France
The Party of France (French: Parti de la France, PDF) is a nationalist political party in France. The PDF was founded on February 23, 2009 by National Front MEP Carl Lang. Carl Lang was known for his opposition to Marine Le Pen's possible candidacy to the leadership of the FN upon retirement of its long-time leader, Jean-Marie Le Pen. This came in the midst of the early campaign for the 2009 European elections: Carl Lang, elected for the FN in the North-West constituency ran for re-election under the PDF banner, against the FN list led by Marine Le Pen. The PDF supported Jean Verdon in the Massif Central-Centre and the incumbent MEP Jean-Claude Martinez in the South-West constituency. The party ran no lists against Jean-Marie Le Pen and Bruno Gollnisch.
The PDF was joined by a number of high-ranking FN elected officials and members, including Fernand Le Rachinel and Bernard Antony. After defections from the FN, it has regional councillors in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Picardy, Lower Normandy, Ile-de-France and Centre regions.
In the 2009 European elections, all list supported by the PDF were defeated, with 1.88% in the Massif Central, 1.52% in the North-West and 0.92% in the South-West. Carl Lang, Fernand Le Rachinel and Jean-Claude Martinez were defeated.
- «Carl Lang lance son mouvement, le Parti de la France», AFP, February 23 2009.
- «Carl Lang se présente», AFP, November 30 2009.