Melenchon’s victory: A promise for Palestine

In France, Jean-Luc Melenchon, a prominent leader of the left-wing New Popular Union alliance, reiterated his commitment to recognizing the state of Palestine following the coalition’s victory in the early general elections called by President Emmanuel Macron.

Publication: 08.07.2024 - 12:26
Melenchon’s victory: A promise for Palestine
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In the second round of early general elections held yesterday, the New Popular Union, an alliance of four left-wing parties, emerged as the leading coalition with 178 seats in the parliament. Melenchon, leader of the coalition's largest party, La France Insoumise (LFI), signaled their readiness to form a government, stating, "We will have a prime minister from the New Popular Union."

Melenchon emphasized that his government would be able to make significant decisions, both nationally and internationally, through decrees. Reaffirming his campaign promise, he highlighted the swift recognition of the state of Palestine as one of their immediate actions.

Forming New Alliances

In the second round of elections, which saw an implicit cooperation between Macron’s camp and the leftists against the far-right, no coalition secured the necessary majority to form a government. Macron’s "Together for the Republic" alliance won 150 seats, while the far-right National Rally secured 125 seats.

The inability of any alliance to reach the 289-seat majority forces different political parties and alliances to collaborate in forming the new government. The role of the New Popular Union, especially LFI with its strong pro-Palestinian stance, in the new government depends on the coalition's ability to partner with centrist parties without fragmenting.

LFI's Strong Support for Palestine

Since the Israeli attacks on Gaza began on October 7, 2023, LFI has led numerous pro-Palestine demonstrations. The issue of Palestine was central in their campaigns for both the European Parliament elections in June and the recent general elections.

Several LFI members of parliament were summoned for questioning over accusations of "terror propaganda" due to their support for Palestine. During the European Parliament elections, LFI nominated Rima Hassan, a Palestinian descent candidate, who became the first Palestinian member of the European Parliament despite significant criticism.

Israeli Government’s Reaction

Israel’s Diaspora Minister, Amichai Chikli, expressed his discontent with the election results, targeting Melenchon on his X account. Chikli accused Melenchon of being an "Israel-hater" for his refusal to condemn the October 7 attacks and warned that this left-wing alliance could lead Europe into a "deep abyss."

Melenchon’s promise to recognize Palestine reflects a significant shift in France's foreign policy and indicates potential changes in the broader European political landscape.