Centrist politician François Bayrou on Wednesday announced he would not stand as a candidate in France’s upcoming presidential election, offering instead to form an alliance with independent Emmanuel Macron.
Bayrou, 65, ended weeks of suspense by endorsing Macron during a press conference in the French capital.
“We are in an extremely dangerous situation, and I think this exceptional situation demands an exceptional response,” Bayrou told reporters. “I have decided to offer Emmanuel Macron an alliance .”
He acknowledged he was tempted to join the race for the Elysée, but said too many candidates would help the French far-right’s bid for the presidency.
Macron quickly accepted Bayrou’s overture, saying the alliance “fully corresponds” with his movement to “renew” French politics. He added that he would meet with Bayrou on Thursday.