New Anticapitalist Party (NPA)

New Anticapitalist Party (NPA). A far-left party founded from the more hippieish and modern of France’s Trotskyist parties, the Revolutionary Communist League. The LCR’s Presidential candidate Oliver Besancenot, a charismatic young former postal worker and trade unionist had won more than 4% of the vote in the 2002 and 2007 elections. The party was principally his baby. Without Besancenot’s leadership, however, the party is weak. The NPA is the strongest of France’s ‘left-of-the-left’ parties. Polls show it on 4% of the vote. It may be able to win a seat if it can concentrate support into a single constituency but this is very unlikely.

The NPA is not a member of any European political party. If it wins a MEP it is likeliest to join the European United Left, though even the EUL may prove too ‘rightist’ for the extremely radical NPA.

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