Left-wing real threat to Macron majority

Emmanuel Macron is in danger of losing his majority in the French parliament for the first time, as polls yesterday showed rising support for far-left parties.

ean-Luc Melenchon, a veteran who leads a coalition of socialists, communists and greens, wants to become prime minister and force the French president into an uneasy power-sharing. The New Popular, Environmental and Social Union (NUPES) threatens to stall the president’s agenda for social reform, such as raising the retirement age from 62 to 65.

“What we offer is a different view of the world, of society,” said Mr Melenchon, who came third in April’s presidential election. “I’m not saying we’ll create paradise overnight, but we’ll end hell.”

The latest Ifop poll showed that NUPES could win between 190 and 235 seats this week and next week after the parliamentary elections. That could prevent Macron from retaining the majority of the 356 seats in the National Assembly. (© Telegraph Media Group Ltd 2022)

Telegraph Media Group Limited [2022]

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