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Macron announces surprise election following EU results

  • June 10, 2024
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Macron announces surprise election following EU results

French President, Emmanuel Macron, has announced a snap parliamentary election later this month. This comes after big gains for his rival, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally in the European Parliamentary vote.

The far-right party is on track to win 32% of the vote according to exit polls. That’s more than double what Macron’s Renaissance party has achieved. In announcing the dissolution of parliament, he said that the two rounds of voting would take place on 30th June and 7th July, just a few weeks ahead of the Paris Olympics.

Macron made the “dramatic and surprise” decision in a TV address from the Élysée Palace just an hour after voting closed and exit polls were declared in France’s EU elections.

His decision came shortly after National Rally’s 28-year-old leader, Jordan Bardella, openly called on Macron to call for parliamentary elections.

“I have heard your message and I will not let it go without a response,” the president told French voters. “France needs a clear majority in serenity and harmony,” he said, adding that he could not resign himself to the far-right’s progress “everywhere in the continent.”

Now, just two years into his second term, the president lacks a majority in France’s parliament. While the European vote has no bearing on national politics in theory, he has decided that continuing his mandate without a new popular consultation could cause too much of a strain on the system.

The upcoming elections will also not affect his position as president. This is because they are separate to the presidential elections. Macron still has three more years on his current term.

Le Pen, who was twice defeated by Macron in presidential elections, reacted immediately. Her party was “ready to exercise power,” she said, “ready to put an end to mass immigration.”

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