Lula and Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of France Unsubmitted (Photo: Ricardo Stuckert)

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva congratulated progressive and democratic forces for having stopped the far right in France in the legislative elections this Sunday (7). Lula says that the defeat of the far right in France shows the strength of the ‘dialogue against extremism’.

“This result, as well as the victory of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom, reinforces the importance of dialogue between progressive segments in defense of democracy and social justice. They should serve as inspiration for South America,” Lula posted on the social network X, formerly Twitter.

Last Thursday (4), the Labour Party won the election for the British Parliament, putting an end to 14 years of neoliberal policies by the Conservatives.

In France, the left-wing New Popular Front bloc has consolidated itself as the largest bloc in the new National Assembly. Meanwhile, the far-right led by Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, which led the vote in the first round last Sunday (30), came in third place, behind even Juntos, the coalition of President Emmanuel Macron.

In addition to the president, Brazilian parliamentarians and government leaders also celebrated the defeat of the far right in France and the victory of the left front.

The leader of Lula’s government in the National Congress, Senator Randolfe Rodrigues, celebrated the victory of the left. “Vive la France! Vive la République! Vive la Democratie!”, he posted on social media. The president of Lula’s party, the PT, Gleisi Hoffmann, stated that the result is a “great victory for the united left in the elections in France”. “The ballot boxes demonstrate once again the failure of the neoliberal and anti-popular policies that were being implemented”, said the deputy.

Congresswoman Jandira Feghali, from the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB), defined the victory of the New Popular Front as “a big NO to the racism and xenophobia of the extreme right”.

“The New Popular Front, united, has saved French democracy and will give the majority of seats in parliament to the left. An inspiring victory for all democrats around the world, just two days after Labour’s landslide victory over the right-wingers in Britain. Good anti-fascist winds blowing from Europe,” he said on social media.

Congressman Orlando Silva, also from the PCdoB, celebrated the victory of democracy. “France, of heroic resistance, did not surrender. Liberty, Equality and Fraternity are not slogans of the past. Long live Democracy! Long live France!” he posted on X, the former Twitter account.

Pre-candidate for mayor of São Paulo, congressman Guilherme Boulos (PSOL) highlighted the importance of the union of democrats. “Long live the French people, who gave their message in these elections and reinforced the path of defending democracy everywhere in the world: uniting democrats to defeat the extreme right,” he said.

World leaders congratulate French elections

Colombian President Gustavo Petro also spoke out on social media. For him, the results of the French elections point to a global revolution for life. “Humanity always reacts in the saddest moments of humanity,” said Petro.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro described the victory of the New Popular Front as “historic.” “Greetings to the French people, the social movements and their popular forces, for this important civic day that strengthens unity and peace,” Maduro said.

Mexico’s president-elect Claudia Sheinbaum has praised Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of France Insoumise (LFI), for the left’s victory in the legislative elections. “We congratulate France on democratic day and the victory of the New Popular Front. Organization, unity and hope have overcome fear. Congratulations Jean-Luc Mélenchon,” Sheinbaum wrote.

The president of the Spanish government, the socialist Pedro Sánchez, celebrated that both France and the United Kingdom have chosen to reject the extreme right, after the recent legislative elections held in both countries.

“This week, two of the largest countries in Europe chose the same path that Spain chose a year ago: rejecting the far right and resolutely betting on a social left,” Sánchez wrote on the social network X, referring to this Sunday’s elections in France, which project a victory for the left, and to the Labour victory on Thursday in the United Kingdom. “You can’t make deals or govern with the far right,” he added.


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