European Parliament election, 1984 (France)

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France, European Parliament election, 1984
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81 seats to the European Parliament

In 1984 the second direct elections to the European Parliament were held in France. Four parties were able to win seats: an alliance of the centre right Union for French Democracy and the Gaullist Rally for the Republic, the Socialist Party and the French Communist Party, and the Front National. 56.7% of the French population turned out on election day.

The result was the first time the far-right Front National obtained important results — this time 10.8% and close to the declining French Communist Party. Jonah Birch argues in Jacobin that the FN's rise in popularity was caused by the Socialists abandoning their Keynesian platform the previous year and instead pursuing policies of austerity.[1]

Results[edit]

e • d Summary of the results of France's 1984 election to the European Parliament
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National party European party Main candidate Votes  % +/− Seats +/−
Union for French Democracy (UDF) + Rally for the Republic (RPR) Simone Veil 8,683,596 43.03 41
Socialist Party (PS) Lionel Jospin 4,188,875 20.76 20
Communist Party (PCF) Georges Marchais 2,261,312 11.21 10
National Front (FN) Jean-Marie Le Pen 2,210,334 10.95 10
The Greens (VERTS) Didier Anger 680,080 3.37 0
UCR + Ecologists + MRG François Doubin
Brice Lalonde
Olivier Stirn
670,474 3.32 0
Workers' Struggle (LO) Arlette Laguiller 417,702 2.07 0
Union for French Democracy dissidents (UDF diss.) Francine Gomez 382,404 1.89 0
Others 0
Valid votes 20,180,934 96.47
Blank and invalid votes 737,838 3.53
Totals 20,918,772 100 81 0 Steady
Electorate (eligible voters) and voter turnout 36,880,688 56.72
Source: France-politique.fr

References[edit]

  1. ^ Birch, Jonah (19 August 2015). "The Many Lives of François Mitterrand". Jacobin. Retrieved 2017-03-22.