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Parti Socialiste (Political party, France)


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Flag of the PS - Image by J Patrick Genna, 7 May 2012

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Presentation of the PS

The Parti Socialiste (PS) is a social-democratic political party and the largest French centre-left party. It is one of the two major contemporary political parties in France, along with the centre-right UMP. The party replaced in 1969 the earlier Section Française de l'Internationale Ouvrière (SFIO) in 1969.

J Patrick Genna, 7 May 2012

Flag of the PS

The current flag and logo of the PS were adopted in January 2010.

Tomislav Todorović, 1 June 2012

Former flag of the PS

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Former flag of the PS, two versions - Images by Tomislav Todorović, 1 June 2012

The previous logo of the PS had white leaves and stem, with veins on the leaves drawn in black. The logo has been in use at least since the late 1980s, because some reports about the founding of the Social-Democratic Party of Russia in 1990 have claimed that its logo was created as a modification of that of the French Parti Socialiste, with its consent.
Flags with the previous logo were and still are widely used. They are charged with the large logo in center, in full colors, and the party name inscribed below, in black. The field of these flags is either red or white. The earliest photo of such a flag which I saw was from the 2007 presidential election campaign.

The typeface, shown here as Arial Bold (frequently appears, especially on older photos), may vary somewhat, but is always in italic variant. The proportions are usually 2:3, but may also be 3:2. The shade of red may be standard red or sometimes incline a bit towards crimson. All of these variants were normally used together (photo, photo, photo, photo, photo), which suggests that there there were no strict specifications for the design.

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Former flag of the PS - Image by Tomislav Todorović, 20 November 2012

Flags with red field sometimes have the party name inscribed in white (photo, photo, photo).
It seems that such flags are/were used much less than those with the inscription in black, for there are much less photos of them to be found on the web. Still the existing examples show that the typeface may vary a bit, although less than on other flag variants: all the examples found employ Arial Italic, either in bold (as shown in the attached image) or in regular variant. As with the other two variants, the proportions are usually 2:3, but sometimes may be 3:2.

Tomislav Todorović, 20 November 2012

L'espoir à gauche


Flag of L'espoir à gauche - Image by Ivan Sache, 29 June 2013

L'espoir à gauche (Hope on the left; website) is an association established on 13 February 2009 by members of the Parti Socialiste. The name and the program of the association refer to the motion "L'espoir à gauche, fièr(e)s d'être socialistes" (Hope on the left, proud to be Socialists), tabled during the Congress of the party held in Reims on 14-16 November 2008. The motion, tabled by the supporters of Ségolène Royal (known as royalistes), received 29% of the votes of the members of the party.
Considered as the right wing of the party, L'espoir à gauche announced in July 2011 that it would support Fran¨ois Hollande during the primary election for the nomination of the party candidate to the 2012 presidential election. The association appears to have been dormant since the presidential election.
Several members of L'espoir à gauche were appointed ministers after the presidential election, such as Vincent Peillon (National Education), Aurélie Filippetti (Culture), Delphine Batho (Sustainable Development and Energy), Najat Vallaud-Belakacem (Women's Rights, also Government's Spokesperson) and and Manuel Valls (Interior).

The flag of L'espoir à gauche (photo, Marseilles, 2009- is horizontally divided yellow-white-red, the white stripe being broader and charged with the logo of the movement, which includes the Socialist rose.

Ivan Sache, 29 June 2013


The SFIO was created on 24 April 1905 during the Globe Congress in Paris as a merger between the Parti socialiste français and the Parti socialiste de France, in order to create the French section of the Second International, designated as the "party of the workers' movement".
The SFIO was replaced on 4 May 1969 by the Parti socialiste.

The flag of the Saint-Mawimin local section of the SFIO (photo) was red with gilded writing.

Esteban Rivera, 19 July 2016