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French MEP Raphaël Glucksmann on Friday mentioned he was becoming a member of the leftwing union, the New Popular Front, in a bid to cease the far-right from successful a parliamentary majority in France’s snap elections later this month.

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Glucksmann, whose occasion trailed in third place within the European Parliamentary elections final week, informed France Inter radio on Friday morning: “The only thing that matters to me is that the Rassemblement National (National Rally or RN) don’t win and won’t govern. That’s what’s important, and the only way to do that is a leftist union,” he mentioned.

Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally scored an unprecedented 31 % of the French votes within the European elections final week, prompting French President Emmanuel Macron to dissolve parliament and name legislative elections.

Macron’s personal centre-right alliance got here a distant second place within the European elections, garnering lower than half of the votes gained by the National Rally.

In a bid to dam the far-right in France’s upcoming elections, a gaggle of leftwing events, together with the Socialist Party (PS), the Greens and the French Communist Party (PCF) and La France insoumise (France Unbowed or LFI) occasion, on Thursday agreed to kind an alliance, the New Popular Front.

“We can’t leave France to the Le Pen family,” 44-year-old Glucksman, who led the Socialist-backed checklist within the European elections, informed the broadcaster.

Le Pen took over because the main determine of the nationalist, populist National Front from her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, renamed it and stood thrice as its presidential candidate.

Opinion polls counsel her occasion will massively enhance its parliamentary presence from its present 88 out of 577 seats.

Glucksmann accused Macron of plunging France “into chaos”.

“He has opened the way to power for the far right. Since Sunday night, I’ve had a knot in my stomach,” he said.

Glucksmann told France Inter that he had obtained “extraordinarily clear commitments” on Ukraine, Europe and the Israeli-Palestinian battle within the new alliance.

“It’s been hard, but what we’ve obtained is a very clear commitment on support for Ukraine (…), on support for European construction, and that the attacks of October 7 be described as ‘terrorist’,” he said.

He also said that the controversial hard-left firebrand and three-time French presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon “will not be prime minister. It will be someone who enjoys more consensus.”

The parties in the new left-wing alliance are due to address reporters later Friday.

The French political landscape has been left in chaos since Macron’s election announcement. Earlier this week, the conservative Les Républicains voted to oust their president, Éric Ciotti, after he called for an alliance with the National Rally.

But Ciotti insisted on Thursday that he was still the party leader, dismissing the effort to oust him as “quibbles, little battles by mediocre people … who understand nothing about what’s going on in the country”, saying the decision was legally void. A Paris court is set to examine the case on Friday.

Meanwhile, the National Rally’s 28-year-old party chairman, Jordan Bardella, on Friday said that his and Ciotti’s parties would nonetheless put up joint candidates in 70 of France’s 577 constituencies, hailing what he said was a “historic agreement”.

Speaking on tv, he mentioned he wished to acquire the “broadest possible majority”.

France’s legislative elections might be held on June 30 and July 7.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)