Union for the New Republic
|President||Charles de Gaulle|
|General Secretary||Robert Poujade (last)|
|Founded||October 1, 1958|
|Dissolved||May 1, 1968|
|Preceded by||National Centre of Social Republicans|
|Succeeded by||Union for the Defense of the Republic|
|European Parliament group||European Democratic Union (1965-68)|
|Colours||Blue and red|
The Union for the New Republic (French: L'Union pour la nouvelle République, UNR), was a French political party founded on 1 October 1958 that supported Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle in the 1958 elections.
The UNR won 206 of 579 seats in the November 1958 elections.
In 1962, the UNR grouped with the Gaullist Democratic Union of Labour (French: Union démocratique du travail, UDT) to form the UNR-UDT. They won 233 seats out of 482, slightly less than an absolute majority. 35 Independent Republicans boosted their support.
In 1967, UNR candidates ran under the title Union of Democrats for the Fifth Republic (Union des démocrates pour la Ve République, UD-Ve), winning 200 out of 486 seats.
Secretaries General of the UNR
- Roger Frey : 1958-1959
- Albin Chalandon : 1959
- Jacques Richard : 1959-1961
- Roger Dusseaulx : 1961-1962
- Louis Terrenoire : 1962
- Jacques Baumel : 1962-1967
- Robert Poujade : 1967-1969
UNR in the Senate
- First Senate election : 37 seats ; 12,0%
- Second Senate election : 32 seats ; 11,7%
- Third Senate election : 30 seats ; 10,9%
Maurice Bayrou was the leader of the group in the Senate from October 1962 to October 1965.
Chronology of the Gaullist groups in the Senate
|Union for the New Republic
|Union of Democrats for the Republic
|Rally for the Republic
|Union for a Popular Movement|
- Laponce, J. A. (1961), The Government of the Fifth Republic, University of California Press, p. 23
- Mény, Yves (2008), "France: The Institutionalisation of Leadership", Comparative European Politics (Third ed.), Routledge, p. 105
- Blondel, Jean (1974), Contemporary France: Politics, Society and Institutions, Methuen & Co, pp. 24–25
- Groupe de l'Union pour la Nouvelle République