In France, four left-wing parties have agreed to form an alliance in principle to fight President Emmanuel Macron in the legislative elections in June.
After all-night discussions, the Socialists, Greens, Communists, and Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s far-left France Unbowed struck a draft accord.
Mr Mélenchon, who narrowly missed the presidential run-off in April, is seeking a majority of members of Parliament.
The accord was regarded as momentous by all parties concerned.
Fabien Roussel, the chairman of the French Communist Group, said that no left-wing party could defeat Mr Macron on its own.
The Socialist Party’s national committee must still ratify the arrangement during a meeting on Thursday evening.
Pierre Jouvet, a Socialist negotiator, told reporters that final approval of the deal would be a watershed moment in French politics: “I believe we are a few hours away from a historic moment, a historic moment that has been awaited for years by the people of the Left who have been ardently asking us to find a way to come together,” he added.
Despite losing the presidential election, the parties intend to use a majority of seats in the National Assembly to thwart President Macron’s legislative program.
The inability of any of the Left’s candidates to advance to the second round of last month’s presidential election has been heavily blamed on the Left’s fractured existence in contemporary France.
Mr Mélenchon, the most popular candidate, received 21.95 percent of the vote in the first round, but was defeated by Marine Le Pen, the far-right candidate. He was especially popular among voters under the age of 25.
The Socialists, who last won the president in 2012, saw their first-round vote share drop to an all-time low of 1.74 percent, with its candidate Anne Hidalgo failing to garner enough support to be paid by the state for her election expenditures.

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