Centre Democracy and Progress

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Centre Democracy and Progress

Centre démocratie et progrès
Jacques Duhamel
Vice-presidentJoseph Fontanet
Founded1969 (1969)
Dissolved1976 (1976)
Split fromDemocratic Centre
Merged intoCentre of Social Democrats
Christian democracy[1]
Political positionCentre-right

Centre Democracy and Progress (French: Centre démocratie et progrès, CDP) was a centrist and Christian democratic political party in France. The party was founded in 1969 by centrists from the Democratic Centre (CD) who supported Gaullist Georges Pompidou in the 1969 presidential election,[2] and joined the coalition of the cabinet of Prime Minister Jacques Chaban-Delmas.

Its goal was to influence the governmental policy in a pro-European, liberal and reformist direction. It supported the program of Chaban-Delmas for the advent of a "New Society", where the relations between the social forces were based on dialogue and for a less control of the society by the state. The CDP supported the unsuccessful presidential candidacy of Chaban-Delmas in 1974 presidential election.

In the 1973 legislative election, the CDP won 23 seats.

In May 1976, CDP merged with the CD to form the Centre of Social Democrats (CDS),[2][3] which in 1978 joined the Union for French Democracy (UDF).[4]


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  2. ^ a b Alexis Massart (2004). "The Impossible Resurrection: Christian Democracy in France". In Steven Van Hecke; Emmanuel Gerard (eds.). Christian Democratic Parties in Europe Since the End of the Cold War. Leuven University Press. pp. 199–200. ISBN 978-90-5867-377-0.
  3. ^ Richard Aplin; Joseph Montchamp, eds. (2014). Dictionary of Contemporary France. Taylor & Francis. p. 87. ISBN 978-1-135-93653-2.
  4. ^ Nicholas Atkin (2004). The Fifth French Republic. Palgrave Macmillan. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-230-80184-4.