Can France's left wing unify to counter far right in legislative elections?

French leftist and green parties won over 31 percent of the vote in Sunday’s European parliament election, but they can only hope to face down the far right in the upcoming snap legislative elections if they work together. This will not be an easy task, as the leftist electoral coalition created for the 2022 legislative elections is in shambles.

Following the strong showing of the National Rally (RN) in Sunday’s European parliament election, leaders of all of France’s left wing parties called for unity in order to keep the far right from making inroads in legislative elections called by French President Emmanuel Macron after he dissolved parliament.

Coming in third, behind the far-right National Rally (31 percent) and Macron’s Renaissance (14.6 percent), the Socialists won 13.83 percent of the vote on Sunday.

Together with the hard-left France Unbowed, the Communists and the Greens, leftist parties won about 31 percent of the vote, making a union a possible force against the far right.

What kind of union?

However, there are strong disagreements over what a leftist union would look like today, after the Socialists pulled out of the Nupes alliance, created for the 2022 legislative elections.

The parties have just 20 days to sort out their differences before the first round of the legislative election on 30 June.

And what to do with the Greens? Scraping by with just over the five percent needed to have seats in the European Parliament, the Greens are in tatters.


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