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Europe Écologie

Europe Ecology
Europe Écologie
Leader Daniel Cohn-Bendit
Founded 20 October 2008 (2008-10-20)
Dissolved 13 November 2010 (2010-11-13)
Merged into Europe Ecology – The Greens
Ideology Green politics
International affiliation Global Greens
European affiliation European Green Party
European Parliament group The Greens–European Free Alliance
Colours Green
Politics of France
Political parties

Europe Ecology (French: Europe Écologie) is a green electoral coalition of political parties in France created for the 2009 European elections composed of The Greens and other ecologists and regionalists. For the European Parliament election in 2014, this electoral alliance was renewed.

The coalition was launched on 20 October 2008 with the support of the European Green Party and Daniel Cohn-Bendit, a Franco-German MEP previously representing the Alliance '90/The Greens of Germany, but who ran in France in 2009. Since its creation, the coalition received the support of Cécile Duflot, José Bové and Dominique Voynet amongst others.

After winning a record 16.28% of the vote in the 2009 European elections, the coalition maintained itself to participate in the 2010 regional elections.

In November 2010, the alliance was transformed into a political party under the name Europe Ecology – The Greens (EELV).

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Europe Écologie was made up of the following parties and personalities:

European Elections 2009

Top Candidates


Europe Écologie received 16.28% of the vote nationally, or 2,803,759 votes.[1] It placed only 0.2% behind the Socialist Party (PS) nationally, and ahead of the PS in key regions such as Île-de-France, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Rhône-Alpes. This is the highest result won by any green movement, party or coalition in any national French election.

In addition, the smaller green Independent Ecological Alliance won 3.63% of the votes nationally.

2010 Regional elections

Strong from its excellent result in the European elections, the Europe Écologie coalition was renewed around The Greens and associated parties and movements. Europe Écologie decided to run independently in all regions, with the intention of supporting the Left in runoffs. However, the party's ultimate goal was said to be to wrest control of a major region, such as Ile-de-France from the PS.[2] The coalition's candidates included the researcher Philippe Meirieu, magistrate Laurence Vichnievsky, the rural activist François Dufour or Augustin Legrand of the homeless' association Les Enfants de Don Quichotte.

Top Candidates


Europe Écologie received 12.19% of the national vote, or 2,373,922 votes, in the first round. The party came third overall behind the Socialist Party and conservative Union for a Popular Movement. It recorded good results in Rhônes-Alpes (17.82%), Île-de-France (16.58%) and Alsace (15.60%). In the second ballot, Europe Écologie entered joint lists with the Socialist Party, except in Brittany.


  1. ^ Le site officiel du ministère de l'Intérieur, de l'Outre-mer, des Collectivités Territoriales et de l'Immigration
  2. ^ Libération 09/01/2009

External links

  • (French) Official site of the alliance Europe Ecology – The Greens
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