Why we should back the leftwing NUPES alliance against this divisive presidency

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In the decisive second round of voting in France's legislative elections this Sunday June 19th, a vote for the NUPES alliance of the Left and environmentalists is both ethically essential and a political necessity, argues Mediapart's publishing editor Edwy Plenel in this opinion article. To vote in this way, he writes, is to reject the duplicity of a divisive presidency and to embrace political change via a parliamentary route.

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Periods of political transition, in which the old world dies while the new world takes time to emerge, always produce a fundamental collapse in morality. Principles no longer have any currency, the truth gives way to political slander and dignity is no longer in vogue. This is precisely what the incumbent ruling majority under Emmanuel Macron has demonstrated since the first round of the legislative elections last Sunday June 12th.