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Parti Radical de Gauche (Political party, France)


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Flag of the PRG - Image by Tomislav Todorović, 28 July 2013

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Presentation of the PRG

The Parti Radical de Gauche (PRG) was founded in 1972 as the result of a split in the centrist Parti Radical, under the name Mouvement de la Gauche Radicale-Socialiste (MGRS), to be renamed into the Mouvement des Radicaux de Gauche (MRG) in 1973. Shortly after its founding, the new party joined the Parti Socialiste and the Parti Communiste Français in the Union de la Gauche, an electoral alliance which lasted from 1972 to 1977, and has remained a close ally of the Parti Socialiste afterwards.
In 1996, the MRG was renamed into the Parti Radical-Socialiste, to adopt the present name in 1998, due to the legal proceedings opened by the Parti Radical, which considered itself the only legal user of the name. The party has participated in all the Socialist-led governments of the Fifth Republic.

In December 2017, the PRG merged with the Parti Radical into the Mouvement radical (Radical Movement). However, in February 2019, part of its former members split from the Mouvement radical and refounded the party.

Tomislav Todorović, 25 March 2020

Flag of the PRG

Although the party logo has changed in early 2013 (image), the flags currently in use are still derived from the previous logo (image), which was adopted in 2009.
As the stand-alone emblem, the logo consists of a large blue uppercase "R", set over a disc whose color is changing from yellow to white so as to produce the illusion of a sphere, and the complete party name inscribed in blue. The current flag (photos, Amiens, 30 January 2010) has a yellow field, and the disc in in the same (uniform) color, fimbriated blue.
An optional charge is the party website URL, "", inscribed in blue beneath the logo (photos, Vincennes, 15 April 2012). Such flags remained in use after the logo had been changed (photo, Chelles, 13 July 2013).

The party logo underwent further changes in 2016, but it has not been possible to determine whether this change, as well as that from 2013, did have any impact to the flag desiign. The 2016 logo remained in use until the 2017 merger. The logo adopted after the refounding of the PRG was additionally modified, but its use on the flags, as well as any flag use, is yet to be verified.

Tomislav Todorović, 25 March 2020

Former flag of the PRG

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Former flag of the PRG - Image by Tomislav Todorović, 28 July 2013

The earlier flag of the PRG, introduced together with the logo and sold at the party webshop in 2009 (no longer shown online), had the field in bordeaux color and the party name inscribed in white, while the disc was colored as in the stand-alone logo. Such flags were used at the May Day demonstrations in 2009 in Creil (photos). A rather light shade of the field color was employed, which was difficult to distinguish from red sometimes, depending on the picture taking conditions.

Tomislav Todorović, 28 July 2013