France Braces for Showdown as National Assembly Election Nears Second Round

People protest against the French far-right National Rally party at Place de la Republique in Paris [Yara Nardi/Reuters]
People protest against the French far-right National Rally party at Place de la Republique in Paris [Yara Nardi/Reuters]

France Braces for Showdown as National Assembly Election Nears Second Round :

France is heading to another round of voting for its National Assembly after President Emmanuel Macron dissolved the parliament following his party’s loss to the far-right in the European Parliament elections. The far-right National Rally (RN) won over 29% of the vote in the first round of these snap elections, causing widespread protests across the country.

In Paris, demonstrators marched from Place de la Republique to the National Rally’s headquarters, opposing the party formerly known as the National Front. Philippe Marliere, a professor of French and European politics, described the atmosphere as intense and dramatic, with a strong mobilization against the National Rally.

President Macron’s party, Renaissance, received about 20% of the vote initially. A coalition of left-wing parties, known as the New Popular Front, gathered 28%, aiming to unite voters against the nationalist and anti-immigrant RN party led by Marine Le Pen.

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