Politics of Alsace

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The Politics of Alsace, France takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democracy, whereby the President of Regional Council is the head of government, and of a pluriform multi-party system. Legislative power is vested in the regional council.


The executive of the region is led by the President of the Regional Council.

List of Presidents[edit]

Presidents of Alsace
President Party Term
André Bord UDR 1974-1976
Pierre Schiélé RPR 1976-1980
Marcel Rudloff UDF-CDS 1980-1996
Adrien Zeller UDF/UMP 1996-2004

Legislative branch[edit]

The Regional Council of Alsace (Conseil régional d'Alsace) is composed of 37 councillors, elected by proportional representation in a two-round system. The winning list in the second round is automatically entitled to a quarter of the seats. The remainder of the seats are allocated through proportional representation with a 5% threshold.

The Council is elected for a six-year term.

Current composition[edit]

Party seats
Union for a Popular Movement 18
Socialist Party 8
National Front 8
Union for French Democracy 7
The Greens 4
Miscellaneous Right 2


Other elections[edit]

Presidential runoff elections results
Year Regional Winner Runner-up
2007 65.50% 641,319 34.50% 337,780
2002 78.63% 686,758 21.37% 186,661
1995 58.26% 463,391 41.74% 331,973
1988 50.88% 424,626 49.12% 409,929
1981 62.88% 518,413 37.12% 306,043
1974 65.32% 474,364 34.68% 251,834
1969 65.75% 376,821 34.25% 196,269
1965 77.37% 502,971 22.63% 147,147

In the 2007 legislative election, thirteen out of the sixteen Alsatian deputies were from the UMP, one was from the opposition PS, and one was from the UMP's coalition partner, the New Centre. One deputy, Éric Straumann, was a UMP dissident.[1]


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