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Communist leader sees possible victory of the left in France

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Communist leader sees possible victory of the left in France

Paris, Jun 7 (Prensa Latina) The national secretary of the French Communist Party (PCF), Fabien Roussel, positively valued the results obtained in the first round of the legislative elections of the foreign circumscriptions, and trusted in a victory of the left.

The left-wing coalition, New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes), of which the PCF is part, managed this weekend to place 10 of its candidates for the second round in the 11 constituencies of voters abroad, which is “a good omen” for Roussel.

In his statement, made to the newspaper L’Humanité, he considered that “the historic agreement we have sealed is an exceptional opportunity to send a majority of left-wing deputies to the Assembly (Parliament)”, he recalled that according to the composition of the National Assembly the Prime Minister is appointed and that Nupes “we are ahead in the polls”, he said.

The communist leader hoped to “prevent (President) Emmanuel Macron from having a free hand with an absolute majority” but warned that “abstention is our main opponent” and for this it is necessary to make a great campaign that mobilizes “32% of voters who chose one of the left candidates in the presidential election,” he added.

Asked about the loss of purchasing power, the main concern for two-thirds of French people, Roussel advocated a rise in the minimum wage to 1,500 euros, and an equalization of retirement pensions to this amount.

Regarding the rise in inflation, he considered that with the excuse of the war in Ukraine, investors and large groups increased prices, which has provided them with “300 billion dollars in dividends only in the first quarter of 2022”, so that “strong measures will be necessary to freeze prices and tax speculators”.

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