Liberal Alternative

Infobox French Political Party
party_name = Alternative Libérale
Liberal Alternative
party_
party_wikicolourid = Alternative Libérale
leader = Sabine Herold
foundation = March 1 2006
ideology = Classical liberalism
président =
european =
europarl =
international =
colours = Purple
headquarters = 94, boulevard Flandrin
75116 Paris
website = [http://www.alternative-liberale.fr/ www.alternative-liberale.fr]
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The Liberal Alternative ( _fr. 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.

2007 elections

In 2007 Liberal Alternative competed in its first election campaign, which included the French Presidential Elections. Édouard Fillias, the founder and leader of AL, failed to obtain the necessary signature endorsements from at least 500 French mayors. Liberal Alternative, with no candidate of its own, endorsed the centrist 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%.

External links

* [http://www.alternative-liberale.fr/english/index.htm Liberal Alternative website (English pages)]
* [http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB114470452892822172-lMyQjAxMDE2NDE0MTcxMDE0Wj.html Commentary in the Wall Street Journal]
* [http://www.theatlasphere.com/columns/040112_schwartz_herold.php An Interview with Sabine Herold on Politics, France, and Freedom]


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