The French Socialist Party on Friday signed a coalition agreement with the left-wing party La France Insoumise (LFI) to work together in June’s parliamentary elections to try to strip newly re-elected President Emmanuel Macron of a majority.
“From now on we will campaign together,” said Olivier Faure, leader of the Socialist Party.
The coalition pact, approved earlier this week by France’s Greens and Communists, will be the first time the broader left wing of French politics will unite in 20 years – but this time with the Eurosceptic LFI at the helm.
Parties on both the left and right wing of the French political spectrum are looking to alliances to try to beat Macron’s party – renamed Renaissance – in the June 12 and 19 vote for the lower house of the French parliament.
Macron won a second presidential mandate last month, but he will need a majority in parliament if he is to implement policies including raising the retirement age from 62 to 65, now left and right.
The alliance of the left-wing bloc has taken shape under the leadership of Jean-Luc Melenchon, the chief of LFI, who narrowly missed the final round of the second round of the French presidential election.
Melenchon came in third with about 22% of the vote in the first round of the election, just behind far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. The Socialists’ presidential candidate, Anne Hidalgo, won only about 1.7% of the vote.
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