SainteGenevievedesBois, France - France’s first left-wing alliance in 25 years is on a mission to block centrist President Emmanuel Macron’s plans for pro-business reforms by winning a big chunk of seats in this month’s parliamentary polls. Hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon narrowly missed out on the second round of the April presidential vote, but is determined for a rematch as he leads the freshly-formed New Ecological and Social Popular Union (NUPES) coalition into battle.

Comprising Melenchon’s France Unbowed (LFI) party, as well as the Greens, Communists, and Socialists, the alliance deal hopes to thwart Macron’s domestic agenda.