France’s left agrees to a largely joint election campaign against Macron

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A supporter of far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon pastes election posters reading ‘Melenchon Prime Minister’ before a local meeting Thursday May 5, 2022 in Lille, northern France. Jean-Luc Melenchon, who finished third in the presidential election, is attempting to stage a stunning comeback as leader of a coalition of left-wing parties that have spent the last five years in the president’s great shadow. Parliamentary elections will be held in two rounds on June 12th and 19th. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

PARIS – Long-divided left-wing parties in France will largely march into the upcoming general election in unison after the Socialist Party agreed late Thursday to join a new coalition of the left that hopes to limit the policy space of re-elected centrist President Emmanuel Macron-Making in his second term.

The Socialists are joining the Greens and the Communist Party by attaching their car to hard-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s France Unbowed party. He finished third in April’s presidential election, just ahead of the runoff that Macron won. But Mélenchon hopes his appearance will be a springboard for the left to secure a major victory in June’s National Assembly elections.


With the agreement to no longer field candidates against each other in the 577 legislative districts, the left-wing party coalition has pushed aside long-held political and personal differences. By uniting around Mélenchon, they want to deprive Macron of the parliamentary majority he used to pass laws in his first term.

“We will campaign together,” said Socialist leader Olivier Faure when announcing that the party’s National Committee had voted to join the coalition on Thursday night.

Still, the parties’ decision to rally around Mélenchon – who hopes to become prime minister of a new parliamentary majority for the left – is not without risk because he remains a divisive figure among left-wing voters. The Socialist Party in particular was torn by disputes over whether to back him.

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Joel McCord

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