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Green Party candidate Jadot ends French presidential bid, backs Socialist Hamon

AFP | The Green Party's Yannick Jadot (L) and Socialist Benoît Hamon.

French Green Party candidate Yannick Jadot announced Thursday that he was withdrawing from the presidential race and would throw his support behind Socialist party candidate Benoît Hamon in the April-May elections.

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“I am withdrawing as a candidate in the presidential election to take part in a great adventure,” he said on France 2 television, referring to a “marvellous” agreement that had been reached with the Socialists.

Opinion polls have shown Jadot picking up only a very small percentage of votes in the election, between 1 and 2 percent.

Hamon himself, a leftwinger who was chosen at a Socialist-led primary in January, is trailing in fourth place in opinion polls, which would exclude him from the run-off vote on May 7.

Hamon has sought to persuade hard-left veteran Jean-Luc Melenchon to pull out as candidate and join forces with him to give the Left a chance of retaining power, but Melenchon has so far refused to do so.

(FRANCE 24 with REUTERS)

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