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Liberal Alternative
Alternative Libérale
Leader Sabine Herold
Founded March 1, 2006
Headquarters 94, boulevard Flandrin
75116 Paris
Ideology Classical liberalism with some elements of Libertarianism
Official colours Purple
Seats in the National Assembly
Seats in the Senate
Seats in the European Parliament
Website
www.alternative-liberale.fr
Politics of France
Political parties
Elections
Constitution of France
Parliament; Government; President

The Liberal Alternative (French: Alternative Libérale) is a French political party created on March 1 2006. They advocate classical liberalism against socialism or conservatism. Therefore their political colour is purple, between the red of the left wing and the blue of the right wing.

They advocate stronger powers given to the Parliament and a separation from the Prime Minister; favouring a presidential/congressional system as opposed to a strict parliamentary system. They emphasize a more political, rather than economic, role in the European Union (EU) to promote civil liberties and liberalism as the basis of the EU Constitution. In general, the party seems rather libertarian, as evidenced by the following excerpt from a commentary in the Wall Street Journal:

"We aim only to create a free society. Our project is to transform our state so that it serves French citizens, not vice versa. We believe in freedom of choice in any area of human life, whether it's the economy, social issues or values. In all respects, we want to give the French their freedom back: freedom to choose the school where they want their children to be taught, freedom to negotiate their working conditions, freedom to choose their health insurance, freedom of speech on any issue."

Some members of Liberté chérie, a classical liberal association, took part in the creation of the Liberal Alternative, including Édouard Fillias, founder of Liberté Chérie, Aurélien Veron, former president and Sabine Herold, cofounder.

Popular support and electoral record

In the 2007 presidential election, Édouard Fillias, the founder and leader of AL, failed to obtain the necessary endorsements from at least 500 French elected officials. Liberal Alternative, with no candidate of its own, endorsed the centrist Union for French Democracy (UDF) candidate François Bayrou.

Liberal Alternative also fielded nearly 50 candidates for the French legislative elections, 2007, they obtained between 0.09% and 1.49%.

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European Parliament

European Parliament
Election year Number of votes  % of overall vote # of seats won
2009 16,944 0.10% 0

Despite a recent split, AL ran five lists in the 2009 European Parliament election: in the Île-de-France, West, East, South East and South-West constituencies. Overall, the party won 0.10% in Île-de-France, 0.26% in the East, 0.13% in the South-West, 0.02% in the South-East, and 0.18% in the West.

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