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The Right-Wing Tilt Has Given Way to the Left: a Coalition of Left-Wing Parties Wins in the Second Round of Elections

08.07.2024
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The coalition of left-wing parties “New Popular Front” (NPF) won the second round of parliamentary elections in France and received 182 seats in the National Assembly, according to official data from the country’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, cited by French media.

The second place was taken by the centrist coalition “Together” of President Emmanuel Macron (168 seats), the third place was taken by the far-right “National Rally” (RN) of Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella, which received 143 seats.

The turnout in the elections was 66.63%.

At the same time, not a single political force managed to obtain a majority in parliament. The National Assembly has 577 deputies, and a majority requires 289 seats.

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal has submitted his resignation to Emmanuel Macron. In announcing the move on Sunday night, he signaled he was prepared to continue serving amid post-election political uncertainty. Macron refused the resignation.

The National Rally took first place in the first round and was hoping for a strong result in Sunday's vote, but ahead of the second round the left and Macron's supporters joined forces to prevent a far-right victory.

Even in the evening, after the publication of the first preliminary voting results, jubilant crowds took to the streets of French cities.

Thousands of people gathered at the Place de la République in Paris. As correspondents reported, at first the protest was peaceful, but then unknown people began to light fireworks, set fire to trash cans and bicycles, and break the windows of bus stops.

In Nantes, riots broke out during the protest, after which the police had to use tear gas.

 

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