Leftist leader vows to fight Macron in June

AP , Sunday 24 Apr 2022

Leftist leader Jean-Luc Melenchon said Sunday that Marine Le Pen's defeat in the French election is ``very good news for the unity of our people,'' and vowed to lead the fight against Emmanuel Macron's party in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

Supporters of French President Emmanuel Macron react as the first election projections are shown on a screen in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, Sunday, April 24, 2022. AP


Melenchon, who failed to reach the second round by a few hundred thousand votes and had urged his supporters not to vote for Le Pen, said Macron's ``presidential monarchy survives by default and under the constraint of a biased choice.''

In his address, Melenchon exhorted Macron's opponents to vote in June's parliamentary elections to ``choose a different path'' and elect a majority of leftist lawmakers. Melenchon said he would be prepared to lead an opposition government.

``Courage, action, determination, always refusing fatality and resignation,'' Melenchon said.

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