Communist Influence In France

Communist Influence in France in Europe

Communism: Communist Influence in Noncommunist Countries Western Europe France

The French Communist Party, founded in 1920 by members of the French Socialist Party, was another influential communist party in Western Europe. It had considerable strength in the electorate, the unions, and the universities. Communist mayors governed many cities. In the 1950s and 1960s the party typically won 25 percent of the national vote, and by the late 1970s it was the largest of all French political parties. Although the French Communists flirted with Eurocommunism in the 1970s, their path soon diverged from that of the moderate Italians. Under the leadership of Georges Marchais, the party remained rigidly loyal to Moscow’s Cold War policies. As a result, its electoral share faded from more than 20 percent of the parliamentary votes in 1978 to less than 10 percent today. (1)

In this Section: Communist Influence, Communist Influence in United States, Communist Influence in Canada, Communist Influence in Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Communist Influence in Western Europe, Communist Influence in Italy, Communist Influence in France and Communist Influence in Western European Parties.


Notes and References

  1. Encarta Online Encyclopedia

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