Nous Citoyens

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Nous Citoyens is a political party in France founded in July 2013 by entrepreneur Denis Payre. The name of the party was chosen a reference to the phrase "Moi président de la République...",[2] repeated by François Hollande against Nicolas Sarkozy in the debate between the two rounds of the 2012 presidential election.[3] The party aims to elect figures from civil society and with business experience in place of the professional political class,[4] supporting liberal and social liberal policies and presenting an "alternative offer to the FN" (Front National). It claims to go beyond the left-right divide with a program created through "participatory democracy" supportive of globalization and critical of the French labor code.[1] In the 2014 municipal elections, Nous Citoyens offered its support to any candidates committed to "good governance, transparency, and the non-accumulation of mandates",[5] and won a total of 58 seats across 18 communes.[6] In the subsequent European elections, the party solicited applications from its members to join its electoral lists, hoping to be present in all 8 European Parliament constituencies in France.[7] Nous Citoyens ultimately presented lists in 7 constituencies, winning 1.41% of the vote nationally.[8]

Nous Citoyens
PresidentAlexia Germont
FounderDenis Payre
Founded11 July 2013 (2013-07-11)
Headquarters28 rue de Londres
75009 Paris
Social liberalism[1]

On 8 September 2013, Payre was replaced as president of Nous Citoyens by centrist Member of the European Parliament Jean-Marie Cavada, who consequently stepped down as vice-president of the New Centre and Union of Democrats and Independents. Payre, wishing to focus on social entrepreneurship projects over his political commitments, became vice-president of the party, which claimed 12,000 members at the time of Cavada's accession.[9] Cavada quit the party on 29 June 2015 over the lack of internal democracy,[10] forcing Payre to return to the presidency of Nous Citoyens, and on 17 July, Cavada founded the movement Génération Citoyens with several dissidents of his former party.[11] On 25 January 2016, Nicolas Doucerain was elected to succeed Payre with 59.5% of votes in the first round, with a turnout of about 1,800 votes out of 4,700 activists up-to-date on membership fees.[12] Nous Citoyens did not support any candidate in the 2017 presidential election,[13] and none of the candidates it presented in the 2017 legislative elections under the banner of "577 – The Independents" alongside the party Territories in Movement of Jean-Christophe Fromantin advanced to the second round.[14][15]


  1. ^ a b c Nathalie Raulin (11 December 2013). "Nouvelle Donne et Nous Citoyens prêts à renvoyer l'appareil politique". Libération. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  2. ^ François Krug (16 August 2013). "" Nous citoyens " : l'ancien exilé fiscal veut créer le parti de la société civile". Rue89. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  3. ^ Alexandre Lemarié (3 May 2012). ""Moi président..." La tirade de Hollande qui agace le camp Sarkozy". Le Monde. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  4. ^ Marie Bellan (10 October 2013). "Denis Payre, le fondateur de Business Objects, se lance en politique". Les Échos. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Municipales à Paris : des listes "Nous citoyens" dans cinq arrondissements". Le Parisien. 23 January 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Résultats des listes labellisées Nous Citoyens". Nous Citoyens. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  7. ^ Henri Vernet (13 February 2014). "Nouveau parti recrute candidats aux européennes". Le Parisien. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  8. ^ Laurent de Boissieu (6 June 2017). "Nous Citoyens (NC)". France Politique. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  9. ^ Jean Baptiste Garat (8 September 2014). "Payre appelle Cavada à la tête de Nous citoyens". Le Figaro. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  10. ^ Tristan Quinault-Maupoil (29 June 2015). "Jean-Marie Cavada quitte Nous Citoyens pour créer une nouvelle structure". Le Figaro. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  11. ^ Charles Sapin (17 July 2015). "Scission à Nous Citoyens, ou l'impossibilité de faire de la politique autrement". L'Opinion. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  12. ^ Emmanuel Galiero (25 January 2016). "Nous citoyens : Nicolas Doucerain succède à Denis Payre à la présidence". Le Figaro. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Résultat du vote de l'Assemblée Générale Extraordinaire : 18-20 décembre". Nous Citoyens. 20 December 2016. Archived from the original on 22 December 2016. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  14. ^ "577 – LES INDÉPENDANTS". Jean-Christophe Fromantin. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  15. ^ "Bilan législatives 2017 : Nous Citoyens et 577". Nous Citoyens. 13 June 2017. Archived from the original on 28 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.

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