Radical Party of the Left
Published 23rd February, 2012
The Radical Party of the Left or PRG was formed in 1972 and can trace its history back through the Radical party to 1901. It describes itself as a centre-left party which believes in Radicalism and Social Liberalism. Unlike many left wing parties it advocates individual freedom and the ownership of private property.
The Radical Party of the Left gains its parliamentary representation through the Socialist Party (PS) with which it has held close ties since 1982.
Formed as a result of a split from the Republican, Radical and Radical Socialist Party (now the Radical Party) it became a partner party of the ‘Union of the Left’ with the Socialist Party (PS) and the French Communist Party (PCF). During that early period it was also known as the Movement of the Radical Socialist Left (MGRS) and then the Movement of Radicals of the Left (MRG) before taking its current name.
The PRG was part of the 1981 to 1986 and 1988 to 1993 Socialist Party led governments under François Mitterrand.
The party has never exceeded ten seats in the French National Assembly and in the last two elections of 2002 and 2007 they took seven of the 577 seats in parliament.
The Radical Party of the Left is an observer member of the European Liberal Democrat and reform Party.