Left-wing parties have joined forces ahead of France’s two-stage parliamentary elections, hoping to revive their fortunes and put a break on President Emmanuel Macron’s agenda.
Presidents, prime ministers, Parliament — France’s mainstream left and right-wing parties used to have it all. In the first round of April’s presidential elections, they got less than 7 percent of the vote.
President Emmanuel Macron and the hard-right leader Marine Le Pen will compete for a second time in a runoff on April 24.
The French are choosing their president in April, an election that is crucial for France and key for Europe. President Emmanuel Macron is favored to win, but the race has gotten closer.
The president, not even a formal candidate yet, seems to benefit from standing above the anti-immigrant fray.
A citizens’ initiative is pressuring the fragmented force to set parties’ interests aside and join together for next year’s presidential race.
Center-left parties have won a string of victories, capped by Olaf Scholz’s win in Germany. Yet, France’s struggling Socialists threaten hopes for a broader social democratic revival.
It is too early to tell, but the results certainly illustrate a fragmentation in politics and the growing influence of personalities.