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  • French politician Yannick Jadot of green party EELV and candidate for the 2017 presidential election.

    French politician Yannick Jadot of green party EELV and candidate for the 2017 presidential election. | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 February 2017

Yannick Jadot said he had struck a “marvelous” agreement with the candidate for the Socialist party.

French greens party candidate Yannick Jadot Thursday announced he was withdrawing from the presidential race and would support Socialist party candidate Benoit Hamon in the election in April and May.

"I am withdrawing as a candidate in the presidential election to take part in a great adventure," he said on France 2 television, referring to a "marvelous" agreement which had been reached during the day with the Socialists.

Opinion polls have shown Jadot picking up only a very small percentage of votes in the election — between 1 and 2 percent.

Hamon, who was chosen at a Socialist-led primary in January, is trailing in fourth place in opinion polls — something which will exclude him from any runoff vote on May 7.

Hamon has sought to persuade left-wing veteran Jean-Luc Melenchon to pull out as candidate and join forces with him to give the Socialists a chance of retaining power, but Melenchon has so far refused to do so.

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