- European Parliament election, 1999 (France)
June 13, 1999 the fifth direct elections to the European Parliamentwere held in the France. Once again, abstentionwas very high for this type of election- only 47% of eligible voters voted. The election was also the first French European election to be won by the French Socialist Party.
In a major surprise and historical upset for the government, Charles Pasqua's and Philippe de Villier's dissident
Rally for France- Movement for Francelist surpassed the list of President Jacques Chirac's RPR-Liberal Democracy, led by Nicolas Sarkozy.
Minor parties, including
Hunting, Fishing, Nature, Traditionsand the far-left Workers' Struggleobtained very good results and elected 6 and 5 MEP's respectively.
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