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France's former Socialist president Francois Hollande To Run for Prez Office

France's former Socialist president Francois Hollande To Run for Prez Office

France's former Socialist president, Francois Hollande, announced his intention to run for parliament again on Saturday, adding a new twist to the political landscape following President Emmanuel Macron's unexpected decision to call snap legislative elections. Macron dissolved parliament after the French far right's victory in the European parliamentary elections, dramatically reshaping French politics.

A new left-wing alliance has emerged, while the leader of the main right-wing party has signaled willingness to ally with the far right, causing internal strife. On Saturday, about a quarter of a million people protested nationwide against the possibility of the far right coming to power, although polls still show them leading comfortably.

Hollande, who served as president from 2012-2017 and left office highly unpopular, will stand as an MP for the southwestern Correze department under the New Popular Front, a coalition of Socialists, hard-left, Greens, and Communists. He described his candidacy as "an exceptional decision for an exceptional situation" and emphasized his desire to serve, not to seek personal gain.

The Socialist Party officially reacted indifferently, with its election commission head Pierre Jouvet merely acknowledging Hollande's candidacy. However, a senior party figure privately expressed devastation, despite the party's aim for a broad left-wing alliance.

The snap elections were called by Macron after the far-right National Rally (RN) decisively defeated his centrist party in the European elections. The first round is scheduled for June 30, followed by the second on July 7.

Protests erupted across France on Saturday against the far-right's potential victory and the possibility of RN leader Jordan Bardella becoming prime minister. Meanwhile, the new left-wing coalition faced internal conflict as some MPs from the hard-left France Unbowed (LFI) party were not selected to run again, sparking accusations of a "purge."

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy criticized Eric Ciotti, leader of the right-wing Republicans, for seeking an alliance with the RN without consulting the party. He doubted the alliance's wisdom, noting the Republicans would be junior partners.

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France's former Socialist president Francois Hollande To Run for Prez Office

France's former Socialist president Francois Hollande To Run for Prez Office
France's former Socialist president, Francois Hollande, announced his intention to run for parliament again on Saturday, adding a new twist to the political landscape following President Emmanuel Macron's unexpected decision to call snap legislative elections. Macron dissolved parliament after the French far right's victory in the European parliamentary elections, dramatically reshaping French politics.

A new left-wing alliance has emerged, while the leader of the main right-wing party has signaled willingness to ally with the far right, causing internal strife. On Saturday, about a quarter of a million people protested nationwide against the possibility of the far right coming to power, although polls still show them leading comfortably.

Hollande, who served as president from 2012-2017 and left office highly unpopular, will stand as an MP for the southwestern Correze department under the New Popular Front, a coalition of Socialists, hard-left, Greens, and Communists. He described his candidacy as "an exceptional decision for an exceptional situation" and emphasized his desire to serve, not to seek personal gain.

The Socialist Party officially reacted indifferently, with its election commission head Pierre Jouvet merely acknowledging Hollande's candidacy. However, a senior party figure privately expressed devastation, despite the party's aim for a broad left-wing alliance.

The snap elections were called by Macron after the far-right National Rally (RN) decisively defeated his centrist party in the European elections. The first round is scheduled for June 30, followed by the second on July 7.

Protests erupted across France on Saturday against the far-right's potential victory and the possibility of RN leader Jordan Bardella becoming prime minister. Meanwhile, the new left-wing coalition faced internal conflict as some MPs from the hard-left France Unbowed (LFI) party were not selected to run again, sparking accusations of a "purge."

Former President Nicolas Sarkozy criticized Eric Ciotti, leader of the right-wing Republicans, for seeking an alliance with the RN without consulting the party. He doubted the alliance's wisdom, noting the Republicans would be junior partners.

 

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