Split between Socialists and hard-left damages chance of alliance before EU elections

With less than a month to go before European elections, the atmosphere among France's left-wing candidates is becoming increasingly antagonistic following a recent split between the centrist Socialists and the hard-left, further damaging the chances of a union for the upcoming polls.

Last week, the first secretary for France's Socialist Party (PS), Olivier Faure accused the hard-left France Unbowed (LFI) leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon of doing "everything to make an alliance impossible" between left-wing parties and their candidates running for election to the European parliament.

This comes amid alleged "fake news" being circulated about star Socialist candidate Raphaël Glucksmann, coming from LFI contender Manon Aubry's campaign.

In a tweet, Aubry accused Glucksmann – the 44-year-old journalist, film producer and MEP who's heading the bill for France's centre-left in June's elections – of "lining his pockets" in addition to his mandate as a member of the European parliament, implying that he was paid by lobby groups, even though his additional income came from book sales.

Glucksmann threat to Renaissance

Glucksmann – a serving member of the Socialists and Democrats group in the EU Parliament since 2019 – is known for his advocacy on human rights issues, having launched his election campaign under the banner of his mini-party, Place Publique.

Throughout Glucksmann's campaign meetings, he has never slammed his left-wing rivals.

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