Why the 'Macronista' attack on France's leftwing alliance is cynical and antidemocratic


In next Sunday's decisive second round in France's legislative elections there will be nearly sixty constituencies where candidates from the broad left alliance known as NUPES will be in a head-to-head contest with far-right candidates. Yet rather than telling its voters to back the leftwing candidates against the far-right Rassemblement National, senior figures in Emmanuel Macron's ruling party have labelled both those on the right and many on the left as extremists. And they say they will advise their voters whom to back on a case by case basis. Mediapart's Ellen Salvi argues in this opinion article that this cynical approach amounts to bad faith on the part of the president's political movement. She says it goes against both political principles and political history – and also flies in the face of everything that the president claimed to be defending in his recent presidential campaign.

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Macron supporters love to dish out moral lessons to others. Indeed, you could even say that's how you can spot one. But often these lessons have a habit of rebounding on them, exposing such a level of bad faith than one could, without going over the top, describe it as something of an art form. On the evening of Sunday June 12th, as the initial projections for the outcome of the first round of France's legislative elections were announced, a significant number of senior 'Macronistas' gave full rein to their talent for bad faith. They told us that in the 58 out of 577 constituencies where the ruling Ensemble movement has been eliminated, they would advise voters whom to support between candidates from the broad leftwing alliance NUPES (Nouvelle Union Populaire Écologique et Sociale) and those from the far-right on a “case by case” basis.