Le Pen sweeps France and forces Macron to call elections

Le Pen sweeps France and forces Macron to call elections

No surprises in France For the second time, the hardline National Rally party won the European elections, although this time it did so with a clear majority (33.3% of the vote, with 90% counted), increasing its distance from the presidential coalition led by Emmanuel. Macron. Which fell to second place with 14.4%. The young candidate of the National Front party, Jordan Bardella, was elected in 94% of the municipalities, that is, 29,866 out of 31,805, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior. Minutes after learning the results of the vote, the President addressed the French and announced the dissolution of the National Assembly and the call for early legislative elections on June 30 in the first round, and on July 7 in the second round. “I cannot pretend that nothing happened,” Macron said. This is a decision that was also praised by the French left.

After the president’s announcement, dozens of voters gathered in Parc Floral in Paris, the place chosen by Marine Le Pen’s group, and burst into applause, waved French flags and sang the national anthem. Marine Le Pen celebrated Macron’s decision and said that they in the National Front were “ready to rule.”

Voice of youth

Extremist Eric Zemmour, leader of the Reconquest movement, demanded the unification of the right to create a single force and finish dissuading Macron’s government. Eric Ciotti, president of the Republicans, added: “Macronism always means more taxes, immigration and insecurity. And in accordance with our values, we will lead this campaign around the values ​​of the right!” “Our country is going through a major political crisis,” said the socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.

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After the results were confirmed, the leader of rebellious France, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, called on young people to take to the streets of Paris to express their dissatisfaction. Minutes later, a hundred people gathered in the Place de la République in Paris.

The majority of those gathered at Parc Floral were young people looking for “change.” According to experts, the far right has been able in recent years to gain the trust of young voters, especially the group between the ages of 18 and 24 years. In fact, Bardella is one of the politicians with the largest number of followers on TikTok, and in 2024 he was listed as “the French’s favorite person.”

Yesterday’s victory for the Radical Party is the biggest victory for a party in a European election since 1984. In yesterday’s contest, the Socialists are in third place, according to estimates, with 13%, seven points more than they were in 2019, and the Greens will win if they manage to enter the European Parliament by a margin 5%.

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