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Oh the wonders of German precision: party membership numbers down to the unit! It's impossible to get anything other than approximate and probably massaged numbers for French parties.

The Parti Socialiste hit a high point with Ségolène Royal's campaign, about 280,000 members, but has since lost probably 40% (good article in French) and stands at around 170,000.

Sarkozy's UMP, having chewed up and swallowed almost all the political right, makes great claims: nearly 400,000 members, according to its site. It seems generally agreed that it has over 300,000, and is clearly the biggest French party in terms of membership.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jul 30th, 2008 at 04:02:52 AM EST

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