VIA, the Way of the People

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VIA | The Way of the People
VIA | la voie du peuple
Founded27 February 2001
Split fromUnion for French Democracy
Christian democracy
Christian right
Social conservatism
Soft Euroscepticism
Political positionRight-wing[1]
National affiliationReconquête (2022–)
European affiliationECPM
Logo used as the Christian-Democratic Party

VIA, the Way of the People (French: VIA | la voie du peuple, VIA) is a conservative and Christian rightist party in France. The party was known as the Forum of Social Republicans (FRS) between 2001 and June 2009 before being adopting the name Christian Democratic Party (French: Parti chrétien-démocrate, PCD),[2] which it used until 3 October 2020. The party was founded by Christine Boutin. On 3 October 2020, the party would change its name to the current one.

The FRS was established in March 2001 as a social conservative faction within the Christian democratic Union for French Democracy (UDF) and emerged as an independent party in December of the same year, when Boutin announced her candidacy in the 2002 French presidential election, in contrast with UDF leader and official candidate François Bayrou, and was consequently expelled.

In 2005, the FRS called for a NO vote in the referendum over the Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.

VIA is a Christian-oriented social conservative party, opposed to gay marriage, abortion and euthanasia.

VIA was an associate party of the Union for a Popular Movement and was a member of the Liaison Committee for the Presidential Majority.

Since November 2013, Jean-Frédéric Poisson has been the president of the party.[3]

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The party also claims 9,500 members as of 2009.[5]


  1. ^ "Le Parti chrétien-démocrate a-t-il un avenir ?". La Vie (in French). 22 November 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Boutin crée le parti chrétien-démocrate".
  3. ^ Jean-Frédéric Poisson succède à Christine Boutin à la tête du Parti chrétien-démocrate
  4. ^ Jean-Frédéric Poisson was deputy, in replacement of Christine Boutin, nominated to the cabinet, until she left the government in June 2009, at which date she was eligible to retrieve her seat. She did not wish to do so, therefore a by-election will be held.
  5. ^ Key Numbers,

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