Democratic and Social Centre (France)
February 1, 1978, the CDS was a founding member of the Union for French Democracy(UDF), alongside the Republican Party of Valéry Giscard d'Estaingand the Radical Party of Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber. It was the centrist and Christian democraticcomponent of the UDF. It supported the UDF candidates in presidential elections: the incumbent president Valéry Giscard d'Estaingin 1981 and the former Prime Minister Raymond Barrein 1988.
Within the UDF, the CDS was the component which was the less enthusiastic about the alliance with the RPR and after 1988, its leader
Pierre Méhaignerienegotiated with the Socialist Prime Minister Michel Rocardto form a governmental coalition with the Socialist Party, which failed. In 1993, Prime Minister Edouard Balladurgave CDS politicians numerous positions in his cabinet.
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