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Communist Party of Réunion

Communist Party of Réunion
Parti Communiste Réunionnais
Leader Élie Hoarau (National Secretary)
Founded 1959
Ideology Communism
European Parliament group European United Left–Nordic Green Left
Colours Red
Seats in the National Assembly
0 / 577
Seats in the Senate
1 / 348
Seats in the European Parliament
1 / 74
Politics of France
Political parties
Constitution of France
Parliament; government; president

The Communist Party of Réunion (French: Parti Communiste Réunionnais, PCR) is a Communist political party in the French overseas department of Réunion (in the Indian Ocean).


  • History 1
  • Important members 2
    • National Secretary 2.1
    • Senators 2.2
    • Deputies 2.3
    • Mayors 2.4
    • Regional Councillors 2.5
    • Departemental Councillors 2.6
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


PCR was founded in 1959, as the French Communist Party (PCF) federation in Reunion became an independent party.[1] In the same year, they decided to include demands for autonomy in their manifesto.[2] The party said that it wanted autonomy but not independence.[3] It has since abandoned its policy of autonomism.[4] Paul Vergès led the party from its foundation until February 1993, when he stepped down and Élie Hoarau was elected general secretary; Vergès is currently serving as senator in the French senate.

During the late 1990s the relations between PCF and PCR became somewhat strained, regarding differences in 2004 European Parliament elections, and Vergès became one of three MEPs elected from the PCF list at national level. The main party leaders are Hoarau, Huguette Bello and Pierre Vergès (the son of Paul Vergès).

The press outlet of the party is the daily newspaper Témoignages,[5] founded by Paul Vergès' father, Dr. Raymond Vergès, in 1944. Temoignages has headquarters in Le Port,[5] where the Communist Party usually gets most of their votes.[5]

Important members

National Secretary

Élie Hoarau

Paul Vergès



Claude Hoarau


Regional Councillors

Departemental Councillors

  • Maurice Gironcel
  • Roland Ramakistin
  • Yvon Virapin
  • Robert Nativel
  • Yvon Bello
  • Eric Fruteau
  • Monica Govindin
  • Jean-Yves Langenier
  • Roland Robert
  • Pierre Vergès (son of Paul Vergès)

See also

  • Marxist–Leninist Communist Organisation of Réunion


  1. ^ Gilberg, Trond. Coalition Strategies Of Marxist Parties. Durham: Duke University Press, 1989. p. 265
  2. ^ Alpers, Edward A. (2004). "The idea of marronage: reflections on literature and politics in Réunion". Slavery & Abolition 25 (2): 18–29.  
  3. ^ 30. pp. 465–484.  
  4. ^ "De son côté, le parti communiste s’impose à La Réunion comme la principale formation politique après avoir abjuré son mot d’ordre d’autonomie."
  5. ^ a b c
  • Gilles Gauvin, Le parti communiste de la Réunion (1946-2000), Vingtième Siècle. Revue d'histoire, No. 68 (Oct. - Dec., 2000), pp. 73–94

External links

  • Témoignages
  • Paul Vergès MEP
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