The French left agrees to campaign largely together against macron

The French left agrees to campaign largely together against macron
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Socialists join the Greens and the Communist Party has tied their cars to the French disobedient party of left-wing leader Jean-Luc Melenchon. He finished third in the April presidential election, compared to Macron’s second-round victory. But Melenchon hopes his statement will be a stepping stone for the left to land a landslide victory in the June National Assembly elections.

The left-wing coalition has put aside long-standing political and personal conflict by agreeing not to run against each other in 577 constituencies. By uniting around Melenchon, they aim to deprive Macron of the parliamentary majority he had decreed in his first term.

“We will campaign together,” Socialist leader Olivier Foret said, adding that the party’s national committee voted Thursday night to join the coalition.

However, the party’s decision to rally around Melenchon, who hopes to become prime minister of a new left parliamentary majority, is not without risk as he remains a divisive figure among leftist voters. Particularly in the Socialist Party, there have been debates on whether to leave it behind.

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Macron’s center party is renaming and forging alliances with other moderate parties ahead of legislative elections.

The president’s political movement, La Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move), changed its name in the Renaissance and merged with two other centrist parties to work together to secure a majority in power in parliament during Macron’s second term.

In last month’s presidential election, Macron defeated far-right rival Marine Le Pen. Le Pen’s score in the two rounds of voting is unprecedented, suggesting political tendencies in France may shift further to the right.

However, legislative elections for the Lennon National Demonstration have traditionally been difficult, in part because other parties often come together to block their candidates. Macron’s new coalition, called Ensemble (Together), faces a mainly leftist challenge in the parliamentary elections in June.

The president’s movement and its centrist allies together hold more than 300 seats in parliament, making it a favorite for regaining the majority.

After Macron is elected for a second five-year term, he hopes enough voters won’t want to shake hands with a parliamentary group full of opposition.

Source: Washington Post