Politics of Rhône-Alpes

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The politics of Rhône-Alpes, 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 Rhône-Alpes
President Party Term
Paul Ribeyre RI 1974-1980
Michel Durafour UDF 1980-1981
Charles Béraudier UDF-CDS 1978-1986
Charles Millon UDF-PR 1988-1999
Anne-Marie Comparini UDF 1999-2004
Jean-Jack Queyranne PS 2004-

Legislative branch[edit]

The Regional Council of Rhône-Alpes (Conseil régional de Rhône-Alpes) is composed of 157 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]

As of 2009.[1]

Party seats
Socialist Party 47
Union for a Popular Movement 24
The Greens 20
National Front 18
French Communist Party 15
MoDem 11
Left Radical Party 7
Radical-UMP 5
New Centre 5
Left Party 4
New Anticapitalist Party[2] 1


Other elections[edit]

In the 2007 legislative election, the UMP won 32 seats, while the opposition PS won 14. The New Centre won one seat, as did the Communist Party. A right-wing independent won one seat in Haute-Savoie.[3]


  1. ^ Composition in 2004: PS 45, UMP 27, Greens 22, FN 18, UDF 18, PCF 16, PRG 6, DVG 5
  2. ^ Elected as a Communist, defected to the NPA
  3. ^ http://www.electionresources.org/fr/deputies.php?election=2007&region=RA

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