Ahead of a March 21 run-off vote, France’s Socialists allied with the Greens and other left leaning parties in a deal struck on Tuesday following the Socialists’ first-place showing in round one of regional elections.
France’s Socialist Party linked up with the Greens and other left-wing parties after a frantic round of backroom horse-trading on Tuesday that followed the Socialists’ first-place showing in round one of France’s regional elections over the weekend. The alliance puts the left-leaning parties in a more advantageous position ahead of the March 21 second round.
The Socialists reached an agreement with the Greens and the Left Front (a grouping of other left-wing parties) in all but two of France’s 26 regions. The Greens declined to join the triumvirate in the northern region of Brittany while the Left Front abstained in the central region of Limousin.
The deal increases the chances of the three left-wing allies to take on the right-wing parties in the second round. For the Greens and the Left Front, the agreement secures them representation on the Socialists’ list of candidates proportionate to the votes they won in the first round.
The breakthrough pact followed a series of conflicting reports on Monday evening, with Claude Bartolone, a Socialist Party member in charge of forming political alliances, prematurely announcing that the party had reached a nationwide agreement with the Greens.
Date created : 2010-03-16