579 parties at the heart of the financing of French political life

With less than a year before the presidential election, the main formations are preparing to help the candidates in the form of donations and loans.

Jean-Philippe Vachia admits to having been the first surprised. Arriving last year at the head of the National Commission for Campaign Accounts and Political Financing (CNCCFP), the senior official discovered the “Extraordinary number” of political parties in France. 579 exactly in 2020, according to the latest activity report of the CNCCFP, monitoring the campaign accounts of candidates and their movements, which he presented Thursday at a press conference in Paris.

From the best known – The Republicans, La France insoumise … – to the most microscopic – The Friends of the mayor of Nice, J’aime Châtillon … -, these 579 political groups, mostly local, are slightly less numerous than in 2019 (591), after a continuous increase for ten years. They are “Mostly parties with no real existence”, notes the CNCCFP in its report.

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With the approach of the presidential election of 2022, the staffs of the main movements know it: the parties, which report to

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