VIA, the Way of the People
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|Founded||27 February 2001|
|Split from||Union for French Democracy|
|National affiliation||Reconquête (2022–)|
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), 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.
The party also claims 9,500 members as of 2009.
- "Le Parti chrétien-démocrate a-t-il un avenir ?". La Vie (in French). 22 November 2013. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
- "Boutin crée le parti chrétien-démocrate".
- Jean-Frédéric Poisson succède à Christine Boutin à la tête du Parti chrétien-démocrate
- 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.
- Key Numbers, frs-ladroitehumaine.fr