Unitary Left

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Unitary Left
Gauche unitaire
LeaderChristian Picquet
Founded14 March 2009
DissolvedSeptember 2015
Merged intoFrench Communist Party
Democratic socialism
Political positionLeft-wing to far-left
National affiliationLeft Front (2009–2014)
European affiliationParty of the European Left
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

Unitary Left[2] (Gauche unitaire, GU) was a political party in France that was originally 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.[3]


  1. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2012). "France". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 17 June 2012.
  2. ^ France: The Rise of the Left Front
  3. ^ "La Gauche Unitaire rejoint le PCF | Pierre Laurent – Le blog". www.pierrelaurent.org. Archived from the original on 29 September 2015.

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