United Left (France)

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Gauche unitaire
Leader Christian Picquet
Founded 14 March 2009
Ideology Anti-capitalism
Democratic socialism
National affiliation Left Front (2009–2014)
European affiliation Party of the European Left
International affiliation None
Colours Red
Seats in the National Assembly
0 / 577
Seats in the Senate
0 / 343
Seats in the European Parliament
0 / 72
Seats in Regional Councils
7 / 1,880

Constitution of France
Parliament; government; president

United Left (Gauche unitaire, GU) was a political party in France which used to be one part of a faction (under the name Unir or Unite) within the Revolutionary Communist League. The party is led by Christian Picquet, a former member of the Revolutionary Communist League.

The creation of the party was announced on 8 March 2009 at the founding congress of the Left Front electoral coalition ahead of the 2009 European elections. Picquet, whose opposition faction represented 3.7% at the founding congress of the New Anticapitalist Party, disagreed with the majority's refusal to ally with the Communist-led Left Front for the European elections.

As a result, Picquet's small movement integrated the Left Front and Picquet was the third candidate on the coalition's list in the Île-de-France constituency.

Ideologically, the party sought to unite all democratic socialists opposed to neo-liberalism under a common front.

The GU was part of the Left Front until 2014.

On 8 September 2015, the GU decided to merge into the French Communist Party. This decision was taken to limit the division of the left.[1]


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