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Left-wing candidates must unite for presidential election in France

Left-wing candidates must unite for presidential election in France

Paris, Jan 9 (Prensa Latina) Former Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira on Sunday reiterated her appeal for a united candidacy of the French left wing in the race toward the presidential election in April, through holding of a popular primary election.
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In the commune of Bondy, in the outskirts of this capital, the possible candidate for president said that she would subject or not her candidacy for the presidential race to the will of progressive voters in a virtual election slated from Jan.27-30.

Taubira, minister of Justice from 2012 to 2016 during the administration of socialist President Francois Hollande, said that she accepst the risk of democracy, the verdit of the popular primary election, which is the last opportunity for a possible united left wing.

She urged other candidates to join this initiative, also supported by socialist Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, but discarded by left-wing candidates better ranked in the polls: the leader of La France insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon; ecologist candidate Yannick Jadot; and National Secretary of the Communist Party, Fabien Roussel.

Polls indicate that President Emmanuel Macron is the frontrunner for the first round of the election, slated for April 10, followed by conservative candidate Valerie Pecresse and far-right candidates Marine Le Pen and Éric Zemmour, the former three with the highest chances of receiving more votes during the April 14 run-off.

According to opinion polls, none of the left-wing candidates has a double-digit voting intention, but mathematically, an eventual united candidacy would lead the French left to the runoff, in which only Macron seems to have a safe ticket.

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