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French Greens embrace Socialists and start joint presidential campaign

French Greens embrace Socialists and start joint presidential campaign
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By Robert Hackwill
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French electors have no environmental presidential candidate to vote for for the first time since the 1960s, with the Greens' man now campaigning alongside the Socialists.

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For the first time since the 1960s there will be no Green candidate in May’s French presidential election, the Green leader Yannick Jadot officially joining forces with the Socialist’s Benoit Hamon, and supporting his bid.

They’ve stepped out together to meet the press, and the Greens’ percentage points boost Hamon’s chance of a second round showdown.

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“I ask only for public tax returns for each country. A company should say where it makes money so we know where it should pay taxes. Today, systems allow them to transfer profits elsewhere and then say ‘sorry, we made no French profits, so no taxes’,” says Hamon, who comes from the left of the party.

If Jadot’s voters follow his lead the Socialists could climb out of their sub-20% pit and challenge for the second-round run-off vote that opinion polls say will be versus Marine Le Pen’s Front National.

At the moment polls say her most likely opponent is the centrist former Socialist minister Emmanuel Macron and his new En Marche formation, and both he and Hamon would win against Le Pen.

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