July 18, 2024
Jean-Luc Melenchon, founder of left-wing party La France Insoumise, reacts to the results of the second round of France’s legislative election, in Paris on Sunday.

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The results of the second round of voting in France are in and, if anything, they’re perhaps more surprising than the first, when President Emmanuel Macron’s Ensemble party was battered from pillar to post and Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella’s National Rally (RN) looked on the cusp of a majority.

Not so. The RN did not win a thumping majority or even a minority. Thanks to deals made last week between Emsemble and the hard-left coalition New Popular Front (NFP) — led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s La France Insoumise (LFI) — to drop their respective candidates out of races they had little chance of winning, NFP took the most seats at 182, followed by Ensemble at 168 and RN with 143.

There is no doubt that this is a clear loss for the RN, though it will make the point that its share of seats in the National Assembly is higher than it has ever been. But given that the RN were in striking distance of an absolute majority, this result must sting.

This is the first time that a party that received over 30 per cent in the first round has failed to win a second round majority. Bardella and Le Pen will retreat to lick their wounds, regroup and come up with a new plan.

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Jack’s Note: This will not end well for France.

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