France's Macron asks rival parties to form electoral pact against far right

france's macron asks rival parties to form electoral pact against far right

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference about the priorities of his Renaissance party and its allies ahead of the early legislative elections in Paris, France, June 12, 2024. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

By Michel Rose and Elizabeth Pineau

PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday urged rival parties on both sides of the political centre to join him in forging a democratic alliance against Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally (RN) in upcoming snap legislative elections.

france's macron asks rival parties to form electoral pact against far right

Eric Ciotti, head of the French conservative party Les Republicains (The Republicans - LR), is surrounded by journalists as he leaves the LR party headquarters in Paris, as French political parties try to build alliances ahead of early legislative elections in France, June 11, 2024. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

In what amounted to a campaign speech just days after his shock call for an election, Macron acknowledged making mistakes, saying the French had expressed their indignation but felt they were not being heard.

The election would provide clarity, Macron said.

He called on "many of our compatriots and political leaders who do not recognize themselves in the extremist fever" to "build a new project ... a coalition to govern, a coalition to act in the service of the French and for the republic".

france's macron asks rival parties to form electoral pact against far right

Marine Le Pen, President of the French far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National - RN) party parliamentary group, is surrounded by journalists as she arrives at the RN party headquarters in Paris, the day after French far-right win in European Parliament vote and the announcement of early legislative elections in France, June 10, 2024. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

He pledged to take a firmer hand in questions of immigration, security and justice, arguing that a far left prone to anti-Semitism would be too "lax," while the extreme right would bulldoze France's constitutional rule of law.

france's macron asks rival parties to form electoral pact against far right

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a ceremony marking the 80th anniversary of the massacre of 643 persons by Nazi German forces, in Oradour-sur-Glane, France, June 10, 2024. LUDOVIC MARIN/Pool via REUTERS

In a dig at the leader of the conservative Republicans party, Macron decried political horsetrading over the last few days, saying "the mask has come off" some parties seeking to forge "unnatural alliances."

Republicans party chief Eric Ciotti's appeal for an alliance between his party's candidates and the RN in a snap parliamentary election has poleaxed the conservative party.

(Reporting by Michel Rose and Elizabeth Pineau; Writing by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Richard Lough, Hugh Lawson and Angus MacSwan)

france's macron asks rival parties to form electoral pact against far right

FILE PHOTO: A general view shows the Versailles' hemicycle during a special congress gathering both the upper and lower houses of the French parliament (National Assembly and Senate) to vote to enshrine the right to abortion in the French constitution, at the Versailles Palace near Paris, France, March 4, 2024. REUTERS/Stephanie Lecocq/File photo

france's macron asks rival parties to form electoral pact against far right

FILE PHOTO: Edouard Philippe, Mayor of Le Havre and former French Prime Minister, arrives for a visit at the Renault Sandouville car factory, near Le Havre, France, March 29, 2024. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier/File photo

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