Modern Left

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Modern Left
Gauche Moderne
Leader Jean-Marie Bockel
Founded 2007
Headquarters 10 rue des Haudriettes
75003 Paris
Ideology Social liberalism[1]
Political position Centre
National affiliation Union of Democrats and Independents
European affiliation None
International affiliation None
European Parliament group European People's Party[2] (2009–14)
Colours Violet
Seats in the National Assembly
0 / 577
Seats in the Senate
1 / 348
Seats in the European Parliament
2 / 74
Seats in the Regional Councils
4 / 1,880

The Modern Left (French: La Gauche moderne, LGM), is a centrist political party in France founded in 2007.

The party was founded following the nomination of the former Socialist Party (PS) Senator and Mayor of Mulhouse, Jean-Marie Bockel to the François Fillon government in May 2007. Along with The Progressives of Éric Besson, the Modern Left represented the left wing of the coalition supporting the then-President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The party calls itself social-liberal[1] and supports a social market economy .

In the 2008 local elections, the party obtained around 40 councillors, and Bockel won a narrow re-election in Mulhouse. However, the LGM incumbent in Pau, Yves Uriéta, was defeated.

In the 2009 European Parliament election, the party obtained two MEPs on the lists of the Union for a Popular Movement. Both MEPs sat, like all other UMP MEPs, in the European People's Party Group.

Elected officials[edit]

Jean-Marie Bockel was Mayor of Mulhouse from 1989 to 2010 and the party claims a number of councillors in various cities throughout the country.

In addition, Bockel is Secretary of State for Justice and Liberties in the Fillon II government.

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