Politics of Poitou-Charentes

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The Politics of Poitou-Charentes, France takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democracy, whereby the President of Regional Council is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. Legislative power is vested in the regional council.


The executive of the region is led by the President of the regional council.

Current composition[edit]

List of Presidents[edit]

Presidents of Poitou-Charentes
President Party Term
Lucien Grand CD 1974–1976
Jacques Fouchier CD 1976–1978
Francis Hardy RPR 1978–1980
Fernand Chaussebourg UDF-CDS 1980–1981
Michel Boucher UDF-CDS 1981–1982
Jacques Santrot PS 1982
Raoul Cartraud PS 1982–1985
René Monory UDF-CDS 1985–1986
Louis Fruchard UDF-CDS 1986–1988
Jean-Pierre Raffarin UDF/DL 1988–2002
Dominique de la Martinière UMP 2002
Élisabeth Morin UMP 2002–2004
Ségolène Royal PS 2004–

Legislative branch[edit]

The Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes (Conseil régional de Poitou-Charentes) is composed of 56 councillors, elected by proportional representation in a two-round system. The winning list in the second round is automatically entitled to a quarter of the seats. The remainder of the seats are allocated through proportional representation with a 5% threshold.

The Council is elected for a six-year term.

Current composition[edit]

Party seats
Socialist Party 20
Union for a Popular Movement 8
French Communist Party 7
The Greens 6
Miscellaneous Right 6
National Front 3
Left Radical Party 2
Miscellaneous Left 2
Union for French Democracy 1


Other elections[edit]

In the 2007 legislative election, the PS won 11 seats, the UMP won 4, and the New Centre won one. In addition, one Socialist dissident (Miscellaneous Left won one seat in Charente.[1]


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