The Ligue Bourguignonne or Burgundian League is a French political party that advocates the autonomy and possible secession of all lands that formerly belonged to the Dukes of Burgundy claiming it is their ethnic right to self-government. It is lead by Léon Nodier, a self-proclaimed descendent of Jean Charles Emmanuel Nodier, creator of documents used by the Ligue Bourguignonne to further an idea of ethnicity and regional identity.
Precursors and Foundation
One of its principal precursors (and, later, divisions), the Jura League (Ligue Jurassien), attained national significance in 1989 when its leader, Yves Bouillot, was elected to the Senate. Since then he has commonly been referred to as the Senateur-a nickname maintained even when he was no longer a senator.
In 1982, the Ligue Bisontine, based in Besancon, elected one MP, Achilles Tremarin, and a Senator, Georges Guilbaud.
The Ligue Bourgignonne was formed in 1991 as a merger of the various regional movements (often named "league"), including the Jura League and the Ligue Bisontine. These regional parties continue to exist as "national divisions" of the federal party, which presents itself in regional and local contests as Ligue Bourguignonne. Support for the party skyrocketed in the early 2000s because of the political scandal known as Canard enchaîné and the Clearstream affair investigations.
The Flag flown at rallies is actually inverse of the cross of Burgundy, signifying the reversal of affairs that currently exists. It is believed that should Grande Bourgogne come to exist, the flag would be inverted, making the cross gules and field silver.
Semi-Autonomy or Secession
Accusations of Racism
- Léon Nodier