Last modified: 2017-08-12 by ivan sache
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Flag of the PDF - Image by Ivan Sache, 3 June 2017
The Parti de la France (PDF) was first established as an association, registered on 1 December 2008 as Renouveau national and renamed on 28 January 2009 as Parti de la France, and eventually registered on 23 February 2009 as a political party.
The PDF seceded from the Front National (FN) during the preparation of
the 2010 election at the European Parliament. Carl Lang (b. 1957), Secretary General of the FN (1988-1995; 1999 to 2005), member of the
European Parliament from 1994 to 2009, was ousted from the head of the
list presented by the FN in the Nord-Ouest constituency in favour of
Marine Le Pen, the daughter of the founder and then ruler of the
party, Jean-Marie Le Pen.
Lang founded the PDF, joined by a group of historical members of the FN representing the ultra-conservative wing of the party, such as Martine Le Hideux, Fernand Le Rachinel and Martial Bild. The PDF set up an alliance with the Mouvement national républicain (MNR), which had seceded from the FN in 1999, and the Nouvelle droite populaire (NDP); the alliance obtained less than 2% of the votes in the Nord- Ouest and Massif central - Centre constituencies. In the Sud-Ouest constituency, the PDF allied with the Maison de la vie et des libertés (MVL), led by another former member of the FN, Jean-Claude Martinez, obtaining less than 1% of the votes. The PDF, the MNR and the NDP formed in 2010 the Comité de liaison de la résistance nationale (CNLR), renamed the next year as Union de la droite nationale (UDN).
Carl Lang's candidacy at the 2012 presidential failed because he could not obtain the required 500 proposings by elected members and mayors. In 2015, Lang reconciled with Jean-Marie Le Pen, supporting the patriarch in his struggle against his daughter, presented as an "usurper".
Since then, the PDF has remained a marginal extreme-rightist party, trying to appear as distinct from the today's "warped" FN ("mariniste") and as the genuine heir of the historical FN ("jean- mariste"). The party is mostly visible in the marches organized on 1 May by Jean-Marie Le Pen and in May by the ultranationalists and traditionalist Catholics celebrating St. Joan of Ark.
Ivan Sache, 3 June 2017
TThe flag of the PDF (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo) is square, white with the party's emblem, made of a blue-white-red contour map of France and the party's name, written as "le Parti de la France", "la France" in darker blue.
Tricolor flag of the PDF - Image by Ivan Sache, 3 June 2017
During the 8 May 2016 march, the PDF also used a French tricolor flag charged in the center with the party's emblem (photo).
Ivan Sache, 3 June 2017