The disappointing results meant not only that the LCR would lose its MEPs but also would not be eligible for reimbursement of campaign costs by the French state.
In 1999 a joint LO-LCR list had got five MEPs elected - including Arlette Laguiller among the 3 LO representatives and Alain Krivine and Roselyne Vacchetta for the LCR - on a national list. This time the lists were regional, making it much more difficult to get the 5 per cent necessary. However members, sympathisers and friends responded to the LCR’s appeal -over half the sum was raised before the summer break.
Finally it was announced that the target was more than met -109% announced Rouge on 13th January. But comrades didn’t stop there. On the 14th January a fund-raising social organised by the local branches in eastern Paris attended by at least 270 people raised 1300 euros.