How the euros work Euro Election news Give us your views on the European Elections Portugal Spain Italy France Holland Germany Austria Denmark Sweden Finland Ireland Greece UK and regions
Facts

France

New MEPs: 87

 Group*  Party  MEPs
 Socialist  Socialist 22
 Centre-Right  RPR/UDF 15
 Liberal    0
 Green  Green  9
 United Left  Communist  6
 Far Right  Nat Front  5
 Independent  RPFIE/
 RPR/
 Hunting/
 Workers
30
*key


Voting System
Electors vote for national party lists, each consisting 87 names. The lists are ordered and voters cannot express preference for individual candidates. Threshold of 5% to win seats.


Main Parties:
  National Front
  Gaullists
  Greens
 

Reports  

France

Prime Minister Lionel Jospin's socialists came out of the elections on top, while President Jacques Chirac's conservatives suffered badly.

The caretaker leader of the Gaullist RPR, Nicolas Sarkozy, revealed he would be stepping down following the drop in right-wing support.

His party fell to 12.7% of the poll, compared to 25.6% in 1994; the RPR and its UDF allies won 22 seats, down from 28.

By contrast, the Socialist Party increased its share of the vote from 14.5% to 22.0% and its number of MEPs from 15 to 22.

The other big winners were the Greens, who won nine seats after drawing a blank in 1994, and the Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Tradition party (CPNT) which similarly won six.

The Green list was led by Daniel Cohn-Bendit, once known as "Danny the Red" for his leading role in the 1968 student uprising.

The party also credited its performance to worries about the effect of contaminated Belgian food.

The turnout was a record low for European elections in France, with only 45% having voted.


 

Austria Belgium Denmark Finland France Germany Greece Ireland Italy Luxembourg Netherlands Portugal Spain Sweden UK