Movement for France

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The Movement for France (French: Mouvement pour la France, MPF; French pronunciation: [muvmɑ̃ puʁ laˈfʁɑ̃s]) was a conservative, soft Eurosceptic and Gaullist French political party, founded on 20 November 1994, with a marked regional stronghold in the Vendée. It was led by Philippe de Villiers, once communications minister under Jacques Chirac.

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Movement for France
Mouvement pour la France
LeaderPhilippe de Villiers
FounderPhilippe de Villiers
Founded20 November 1994
Dissolved28 June 2018[1]
Split fromUnion for French Democracy
Headquarters16 bis avenue de la Motte-Picquet – 75007 Paris
IdeologyNational conservatism[2]
Social conservatism[2]
Soft Euroscepticism
Political positionRight-wing
European affiliationMovement for a Europe of Liberties and Democracy (2011–2015)
European Parliament groupEurope of Freedom and Democracy (2009–2014)
National Assembly
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European Parliament
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Constitution of France
Parliament; government; president

The party was considered Eurosceptic, though not to the extent of seeking withdrawal from the European Union. In this way it contrasts with some mainstream Eurosceptic parties such as the UK Independence Party (UKIP). The MPF resists increases in European integration and campaigned successfully for a "no" vote in the French referendum of 2005 on the proposed European Constitution.

It was also strongly opposed to the possible accession of Turkey to the European Union and to what it sees as the Islamisation of France.

The party was a member of President Nicolas Sarkozy's presidential majority, which gathers allies of the ruling party Union for a Popular Movement (UMP).