Far-Right National Rally Leads in First Round of French Parliamentary Elections

In the first round of parliamentary elections in France, Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally has emerged as the leading party, securing approximately 34% of the national vote, according to projections. This outcome poses a significant challenge to the centrist government alliance supported by President Emmanuel Macron. The leftist alliance New Popular Front obtained around 29% of the vote, while Macron’s Together alliance received approximately 20%.

The second round of voting is scheduled for July 7, with the parties competing for 577 seats in the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament. Marine Le Pen emphasized the importance of securing a majority vote in the second round, which could potentially lead to the appointment of National Rally president Jordan Bardella as France’s prime minister.

President Macron called for a snap election in early June following the National Rally’s success in the European parliamentary elections. This decision was seen as a significant gamble, given the limited three-week campaign period. Macron has recently cautioned voters about the dangers of far-right or far-left governments, urging them to reject extreme solutions.

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