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World News June 28, 2024

How will France vote? State of play as Macron’s snap election nears

President Emmanuel Macron called a snap parliamentary election after the far-right National Rally (RN) performed strongly in the European Parliament elections. The first round of voting is on Sunday, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics. Polls show RN leading, followed by the New Popular Front (NFP) left-wing alliance, and Macron’s Ensemble centrist alliance. This could lead to a far-right government or a hung parliament, forcing Macron into “cohabitation” with a prime minister from another party.

The main players are RN, led by Jordan Bardella and Marine Le Pen, NFP, with Manuel Bompard and Olivier Faure, and Macron’s Ensemble, represented by Prime Minister Gabriel Attal. Macron hopes higher turnout will favor his alliance. The election uses a two-round system, with the second round on July 7, where tactical voting will be crucial.

Source – CGTN

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