PARIS ( Associated Press) — France’s Greens and the party of far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon reached an agreement on Monday to join forces against newly elected President Emmanuel Macron ahead of next month’s parliamentary election.
The two parties agreed not to compete against each other in the two-phase voting to be held on June 12 and 19.
Mélanchon leads the La France Insomis (France Unboed) party and came third in the first round of last month’s presidential election. He is now looking forward to a comeback in the upcoming legislative elections as he expects a coalition of left-wing parties who have spent the last five years under Macron’s shadow.
Mélénchon’s third-place finish in April with 22% of the vote in the first round of voting had the advantage of trying to rally other parties on the left behind him for the legislative vote.
Under the deal his party struck Monday with the Greens, the Environment Party will field candidates in 100 districts where Mélancheon’s party won’t run, so they don’t compete against each other. The Greens agreed that if the coalition achieved a parliamentary majority, they would support Mélanchon as prime minister.
The Communist and Socialist parties also appear to be close to an agreement with Mélénchon’s party.
However, socialists are deeply divided about joining the coalition. Some have publicly condemned Mélanchon’s idea that France should “disobey” EU rules, including free market rules.
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