France Votes in Pivotal Election that Could Boost Far-Right Power

France Votes in Pivotal Election that Could Boost Far-Right Power

Voting is underway in France's presidential runoff elections, a crucial contest that could lead to a historic victory for Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally or result in a hung parliament and political deadlock. These elections follow President Emmanuel Macron's decision to dissolve parliament after his centrist party suffered a defeat in the European elections. Over 49 million registered voters will determine the composition of the National Assembly, France's lower house of parliament, and the next prime minister.

If Macron's centrist majority continues to lose support, he may have to share power with parties opposed to his pro-business and pro-European Union policies. The first round of voting saw significant gains for the National Rally, led by Le Pen. The election's outcome remains uncertain, with the potential for France's first far-right government since World War II if the National Rally secures an absolute majority. Preliminary projections suggest that a coalition of various parties might fall short of the 289 seats needed for a majority.

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