Rally for France

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Rally for France
Rassemblement pour la France
Leader Charles Pasqua
Founded 1999
Headquarters RPF 129, avenue Charles de Gaulle
92521 Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex
Ideology Gaullism,
Conservatism,
Souverainism,
Euroscepticism
National affiliation Union for a Popular Movement
European affiliation Alliance for Europe of the Nations (2002-2009)
Colours Blue
Website
http://perso.orange.fr/jf47/rpf47/index.htm
Politics of France
Political parties
Elections
Constitution of France
Parliament; government; president

The Rally for France (French: Rassemblement pour la France (RPF), also briefly known in 2003 as Rally for France and European Independence or Rassemblement pour la France et l'Indépendance de l'Europe) is a political party in France of the right. It was founded in 1999 by the current party president, the Gaullist and former Interior Minister Charles Pasqua, then allied with Philippe de Villiers (ex-UDF). The RPF aims to fight against globalisation and European federalism. The party is opposed to further European integration. The acronym RPF was an explicit nod to Charles de Gaulle's Rassemblement du Peuple Français.[citation needed]

The new party enjoyed early electoral success when it placed second in the 1999 European Parliament election in France, scoring 13 percent of the vote and winning 13 seats. This placed it behind the Socialist Party but ahead of the established centre-right parties, the Gaullist Rally for the Republic-DL list and the UDF. However Philippe de Villiers' departure in late 2000, in order to refund his Movement for France, severely damaged the party and Pasqua failed to run in the 2002 Presidential elections. The RPF has since suffered several setbacks in various elections and has failed to regain its 1999-2000 momentum, and has been eclipsed by the MPF as a party of the Eurosceptic right in France.[citation needed] The party managed to win two seats in the 2002 National Assembly election, through an alliance with the UMP but lost all its MEPs in the 2004 European election. Charles Pasqua was elected Senator for the Hauts-de-Seine in the French Senate election, 2004. He sits in the UMP group.

The RPF remains an associate party of the main centre-right party, the UMP.

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