Sunday, 23 April 2017
French far left refuse to oppose Le Pen
The polls for the first round of the French presidential election closed a few hours ago. The latest I have heard is that the two leading candidates are Len Pen on 24.13% and Macron at 22.4% with about half the votes in which seems to indicate a far-right/centre clash in two weeks time.
Of course this could change but for now the major concern should be the reaction of the two far-left candidates.
The Lutte Ouvriere (Workers Struggle) and Trotskyist candidate has tweeted she will "cast a blank ballot in the second round". So much for "solidarity against fascism.
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So what about the main far-left candidate Melenchon? All evening he has been pressed to make a statement and has also declined to come out and recommend a vote for Macron against Le Pen.
The result will be a relief for the mainstream politicians in France who had been dreading a run-off between Len Pen's National Front and the maoist Melenchon. Both candidates wanted to withdraw from the EU. A further crisis in the European Union has been averted...for now.
However the actions of the far-left in France provide further evidence that they cannot be trusted. A lesson that should be taken on board in the forthcoming British general election if they are thinking of voting for Jeremy Corbyn or any of his supporters.