Union for the New Republic

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Union for the New Republic
Union pour la nouvelle république
President Charles de Gaulle
General Secretary Robert Poujade (last)
Founded October 1, 1958 (1958-10-01)
Dissolved May 1, 1968; 47 years ago (1968-05-01)
Preceded by National Centre of Social Republicans
Succeeded by Union for the Defense of the Republic
Headquarters Paris
Ideology French nationalism
Political position Right-wing[3]
International affiliation None
European affiliation None
European Parliament group European Democratic Union (1965-68)
Colours ‹See Tfm›    ‹See Tfm›     Blue and red
Party flag
Flag of Free France 1940-1944.svg
Politics of France
Political parties

The Union for the New Republic (French: L'Union pour la nouvelle République, UNR), was a French political party founded on 1 October 1958 that supported Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle in the 1958 elections.


The UNR won 206 of 579 seats in the November 1958 elections.

In 1962, the UNR grouped with the Gaullist Democratic Union of Labour (French: Union démocratique du travail, UDT) to form the UNR-UDT. They won 233 seats out of 482, slightly less than an absolute majority. 35 Independent Republicans boosted their support.

In 1967, UNR candidates ran under the title Union of Democrats for the Fifth Republic (Union des démocrates pour la Ve République, UD-Ve), winning 200 out of 486 seats.

The UNR was renamed Union for the Defense of the Republic in 1968, and later Union of Democrats for the Republic in 1971.

Secretaries General of the UNR[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Laponce, J. A. (1961), The Government of the Fifth Republic, University of California Press, p. 23 
  2. ^ Mény, Yves (2008), "France: The Institutionalisation of Leadership", Comparative European Politics (Third ed.) (Routledge): 105 
  3. ^ Blondel, Jean (1974), Contemporary France: Politics, Society and Institutions, Methuen & Co, p. 24-25