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An original member of the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR), he stayed in the LCR for eleven years, from its launch in 1974 until 1985.
As a founder of the Europe Écologie coalition in 2008, he was selected to lead the Europe Écologie list in the Massif Central constituency ahead of the 2009 European elections. During the 2014 European elections, his list receives 6,88% of the vote, down from the 13,58% of 2009, his party losing its only seat in the Massif Central constituency and his party going nationally from 12 in 2009 to 6 European seats after the elections. He leaves the party in January 2016 criticising «internal divisions and personal individualism».
- "Jean-Paul BESSET". Your MEPs. European Parliament. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
- "Européennes, défaite cuisante pour EELV qui divise par deux son score et son nombre d'élus". France Info. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
- "Jean-Paul BESSET, cofondateur d'EELV, claque la porte". Le Parisien. Retrieved 6 January 2016.
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