French political stance combining republican values and pragmatism with a strong presidency

Gaullism (French: Gaullisme) is a French political term of people who support the ideas and presidency of World War II French Resistance leader General Charles de Gaulle.

Charles de Gaulle in his general's uniform ca. 1942.

Gaullism cannot be seen within a political ideology, meaning it is not left or right. It is more of how the President of France should use their power.

"Neo-Gaullism" has been used to describe a movement after the death of de Gaulle in 1970 from people who are economic liberal than both traditional and social Gaullism.[1][2]

Gaullist political parties


The following is a list of Gaullist political parties and their successors:


  1. Berstein, Serge (2001a). Histoire du gaullisme. Perrin. p. 370. ISBN 2-262-01155-9. OCLC 407137019.
  2. Tiersky, Ronald (1996). "A Likely Story: Chirac, France-NATO, European Security, and American Hegemony". French Politics and Society. 14 (2): 1–8. ISSN 0882-1267. JSTOR 42844543.