Union for the New Republic


Union for the New Republic
Union pour la nouvelle république
PresidentCharles de Gaulle
General SecretaryRobert Poujade (last)
FoundedOctober 1, 1958 (1958-10-01)
Dissolved1967 (1967)
Preceded byNational Centre of Social Republicans
Succeeded byUnion for the Defense of the Republic
NewspaperLa Lettre de la nation Magazine
Trade unionUnion démocratique du travail
IdeologyFrench nationalism
Political positionRight-wing[3]
European Parliament groupLiberal and Allies Group[4] (1958-65)
European Democratic Union (1965-67)
Colours    Blue and red
Party flag
Flag of Free France (1940-1944).svg

The Union for the New Republic (French: L'Union pour la nouvelle République, UNR), was a French political party founded on 1 October 1958 that supported Prime Minister Charles de Gaulle in the 1958 elections.


The UNR won 206 of 579 seats in the November 1958 elections.

In 1962, the UNR grouped with the Gaullist Democratic Union of Labour (French: Union démocratique du travail, UDT) to form the UNR-UDT. They won 233 seats out of 482, slightly less than an absolute majority. 35 Independent Republicans boosted their support.

In 1967, UNR candidates ran under the title Union of Democrats for the Fifth Republic (Union des démocrates pour la Ve République, UD-Ve), winning 200 out of 486 seats.

The UNR was renamed Union for the Defense of the Republic in 1968, and later Union of Democrats for the Republic in 1971.

Secretaries General of the UNR

UNR in the Senate

Under the Fifth Republic, 39 senators were affiliated to the UNR Group and 11 of them were Muslims or with Muslim origins.[5]

Maurice Bayrou was the leader of the group in the Senate from October 1962 to October 1965.

Union for the New Republic
Union of Democrats for the Republic
Rally for the Republic
Union for a Popular Movement
1959 1968 1977 2002

Electoral History

National Assembly Elections

Election year First round Second round Seats +/− Rank


Votes % Votes %
1958 3,603,958 17.6 4,769,052 26.4
189 / 466
1st Charles de Gaulle
1962 5,855,744 31.9 6,169,890 40.5
233 / 476
Increase44 1st Georges Pompidou

See also


  1. ^ Mény, Yves (2008), "France: The Institutionalisation of Leadership", Comparative European Politics (Third ed.), Routledge, p. 105
  2. ^ Laponce, J. A. (1961), The Government of the Fifth Republic, University of California Press, p. 23
  3. ^ Blondel, Jean (1974), Contemporary France: Politics, Society and Institutions, Methuen & Co, pp. 24–25
  4. ^ UFE on Europe Politique
  5. ^ Groupe de l'Union pour la Nouvelle République