French left joins forces to stem far right surge

Deputy Mayor and French Socialist party (PS) candidate for the Paris municipal elections Anne Hidalgo delivers a speech after first results of the municipal elections are known, in Paris, on March 23, 2014. AFP PHOTO /POOL / JOEL SAGET

PARIS: France's ruling Socialist Party on Monday announced it would join forces with the Greens and the Communist Party in a bid to block advances by the far-right National Front (FN) in nationwide local elections.

The move will see the three parties field combined electoral lists in the second round of the elections next Sunday, at which the FN is poised to win control of up to 15 mid-sized towns following a better-than-expected showing in the first found on Sunday.

The Socialist Party also announced that it would tactically withdraw from a three-way contest in the southern town of St Gilles, leaving voters with a straight choice between the FN candidate and the mainstream centre right UMP.





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