France Analysis

French Left and Greens jockey for position ahead of 2022 presidential election

The dust has barely settled from France's delayed municipal elections, held in late June, but already elements of the French Left are on manoeuvre ahead of the presidential election in 2022. At the moment there are two main groups on the Left, the radical left La France Insoumise, led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and an alignment based around the Greens, who did well in the local elections, and the once-mighty Socialist Party. But as Pauline Graulle reports, the political landscape is still very fluid.

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The delayed second round of municipal elections held in June briefly brought a new face to French politics. Political newcomers swept to power in some of France's biggest cities and towns under the noses of the usual regional power brokers, and there was more emphasis on grassroots and collective influence than individual ambition.

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