Modern Left

The Modern Left (French: La Gauche moderne, LGM), is a centrist political party in France founded in 2007.

Modern Left
Gauche Moderne
LeaderJean-Marie Bockel
Headquarters10 rue des Haudriettes
75003 Paris
IdeologySocial liberalism[1]
Political positionCentre
National affiliationUnion of Democrats and Independents
European Parliament groupEuropean People's Party[2] (2009–14)
Seats in the National Assembly
0 / 577
Seats in the Senate
1 / 348
Seats in the European Parliament
0 / 74
Seats in the Regional Councils
4 / 1,880

The party was founded following the nomination of the former Socialist Party (PS) Senator and Mayor of Mulhouse, Jean-Marie Bockel to the François Fillon government in May 2007. Along with The Progressives of Éric Besson, the Modern Left represented the left wing of the coalition supporting the then-President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The party calls itself social-liberal[1] and supports a social market economy .

In the 2008 local elections, the party obtained around 40 councillors, and Bockel won a narrow re-election in Mulhouse. However, the LGM incumbent in Pau, Yves Uriéta, was defeated.

In the 2009 European Parliament election, the party obtained two MEPs on the lists of the Union for a Popular Movement. Both MEPs sat, like all other UMP MEPs, in the European People's Party Group.

Elected officialsEdit

Jean-Marie Bockel was Mayor of Mulhouse from 1989 to 2010 and the party claims a number of councillors in various cities throughout the country.

In addition, Bockel is Secretary of State for Justice and Liberties in the Fillon II government.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Bockel crée la Gauche moderne et s'allie à l'UMP (Bockel creates the Modern Left and allies with the UMP), (in French), 26 Sep 2007, retrieved 28 June 2011[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine List of members of the EPP group

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