The vital opportunity of a united French Left

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Following a divided, and for some, catastrophic, showing in the presidential elections in April, the principal parties that make up the French Left have this week agreed an electoral alliance ahead of parliamentary elections to be held in June. In this opinion article, Mediapart's publishing editor Edwy Plenel hails the pact as a vital opportunity, as welcome as it was unexpected, to counterbalance the enormous political power of the re-elected president.

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For many years now, French philosopher and sociologist Edgar Morin has gone about popularizing a maxim by German poet and philosopher Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1843) according to which, “Wherein lies the danger, grows also the saving power”.