Who from the leftist coalition could be France's next prime minister?

The winner of France's snap legislative elections, the left-wing New Popular Front (NFP), now has the most parliament seats without a working majority.

France's left-wing New Popular Front (NFP), a hastily assembled alliance, has emerged as the leading bloc in the next parliament – but without a working majority.

Political custom dictates that President Emmanuel Macron names a prime minister from among the ranks of the largest political force or coalition in parliament.

The NFP, made up of the Communist Party, the hard left France Unbowed, the Greens, and the Socialist Party, has not said who would be its pick for prime minister. Its parties appeared unable to agree on who would hold cross-party appeal.

Following are some of the bloc's best-known figures:

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Hard Left France Unbowed Party

Mélenchon, 72, is a pugnacious veteran of left-wing politics in France. He held ministerial posts in past governments, when he was a member of the Socialist Party.

He ran for president in 2012, 2017 and 2022, improving his score each time. He came third in 2022, just behind far-right leader Marine Le Pen. Macron won that election.


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