United Left (France)

United Left
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 the 8th of 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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