Anne Hidalgo, the French Socialist presidential candidate, has repeated her plea for her leftwing rivals to unite, saying the left risked collapsing amid the alarming rise of the far-right.
“We’re at a critical moment for our democracy,” Hidalgo said before a rally in Perpignan. “The left is at risk of disappearing. Hate speech and xenophobia have saturated the airwaves for months.”
Taking the stage, she appealed to other candidates on the left not to split the vote: “Wake up, see the danger that is facing us.” French voters felt “despairing and anguished” that the left was being drowned out of the political debate, she said.
She’s polling at 3% in a crowded field. But given the barking madness of the Green, Commie and I’m so nutty I’m not even a Commie Melenchon, she could even become that single candidate, if there were one. Thus the call.
After all, the only rational view of anything a politician suggests is what is in it for that politician doing the suggesting?