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French left-wing parties seal coalition deal to take on Macron -Breaking


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Olivier Faure, First Secretary of the French Socialist Party (PS), speaks at the party’s investiture Convention in Lille on October 23rd 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

PARIS (Reuters – France’s Socialist Party has struck a deal with La France Insoumise, a hard-left party. They will run in the June parliamentary elections together to attempt to deprive President Emmanuel Macron (reelected) of a majority.

Olivier Faure of Socialist Party said, “We are going to campaign together from now on.”

The French Greens and Communists have approved the coalition pact earlier in the week. This will be the first time that the wider left wing of French politics has unified in over 20 years, with the eurosceptic LFI taking the lead.

Both the right and left wings of France’s political spectrum are looking to form alliances in order to defeat Macron’s party, which was renamed Renaissance.

Macron was elected president for the second time last month. However, he needs a majority of parliament to pass policies like raising retirement age from 62 to 65, which is opposed by the right and left.

Under the direction of Jean-Luc Melenchon (LFI’s fierbrand chief), the left-wing bloc has come together. He narrowly missed the last round of French presidential election run-off votes.

Melenchon finished third in the first round with approximately 22% votes, behind Marine Le Pen. Anne Hidalgo was the Socialists’ presidential candidate. She only got 1.7%.