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French legislative elections: the Communist Party joins LFI and EELV in the New Popular Ecological and Social Union

AA / Paris / Ümit Dönmez

The French Communist Party (PCF) announced on Tuesday that it has joined the New Popular Ecological and Social Union initiated by La France Insoumise (LFI) and Europe Écologie Les Verts (EELV).

By means of a press release, the PCF thus recorded the enlargement of the left alliance, established the day before [1] with a view to winning the French legislative elections, which will be held on June 12 and 19, and to form the next government.

“On May 3, 1936, the Popular Front won the legislative elections. On May 3, 2022, we will come together in a New Popular Ecological and Social Union. Together, let’s write history by winning these legislative elections”, declared, Tuesday in a publication on Twitter, Fabien Roussel, the national secretary of the PCF and unsuccessful candidate of the party in the last presidential elections.

In its press release, the PCF announced that it had reached an agreement, after two weeks of negotiations with LFI, in order to “elect deputies in a majority of constituencies” and prevent Emmanuel Macron, the newly re-elected president, ” to continue its unjust and brutal policy” and to defeat the extreme right.

The three parties, united under the common banner of the New People’s Ecological and Social Union, provide in particular for the revaluation of the minimum wage from 1,302 euros to 1,400 euros, as well as the raising of the retirement age from 62 to 60, in opposition to Emmanuel Macron’s stated desire to push him back to 65 years old.

Among the other points of agreement for a common program, the left alliance plans to freeze prices on basic necessities, to establish ecological planning, but also the constitution of a Sixth Republic.

“The pluralist majority that we want to form will be based on parliamentary groups from each of the components and will have an intergroup to complete and continue this joint work after the election,” the PCF press release further indicates, which specifies that Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of LFI, who came third in the first round of the presidential election, would become prime minister if he wins the legislative elections.

In addition, negotiations are continuing between LFI and the Socialist Party (PS), the former giving the latter a deadline until this evening to reach an agreement in view of the legislative elections.

Notes:

1. La France Insoumise reaches a “historic” agreement with environmentalists – Anadolu Agency, May 2, 2022

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