French Left split in two ahead of 2022 presidential elections

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In just less than 12 months, France goes to the polls in presidential elections. On the Left, two distinct blocs are emerging, with separate policies and strategies, no common candidate and the prospect of a political crash. But could growing forecasts of a strong performance, and even victory, by the far-right yet force a union of the Left? Pauline Graulle reports.

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Less than 12 months before next year’s presidential elections in France, the Left is staring at the spectre of a repeat scenario of the elections in 2017 that brought Emmanuel Macron to power, when its divisions saw rival candidates wiped out in the first round of voting, leading to a second-round playoff between Macron and the far-right’s Marine Le Pen.