NewsFar-right National Rally stumbles to third in French elections

Far‑right National Rally stumbles to third in French elections

Defeat of National Rally. Le Pen spoke out
Defeat of National Rally. Le Pen spoke out
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Maciej Zubel

8 July 2024 07:51

According to the exit poll results, the far-right National Rally secured third place in Sunday’s parliamentary elections in France. “Our victory has only been delayed,” declared Marine Le Pen.

- I have too much experience to be disappointed by a result where we double our number of MPs - stated Le Pen in a comment to TF1 television. According to her, “The tide is rising. It did not rise high enough this time, but it continues to rise.”

- If it weren't for this unnatural agreement between Macron and the far-left, the National Rally would have an absolute majority - she claimed, evaluating that the current situation is “untenable.”

Second round of elections in France. Exit poll results are in

According to the Elabe exit poll for bfm.tv, the left-wing New People's Front won the elections, securing between 175 and 205 deputies. The big winner of the first round, the National Rally ultimately placed third, securing between 115 and 150 seats. Centrist parties gathered around Macron found themselves in second place and can expect between 150 and 175 seats.

Similar exit poll results are presented for other television stations. According to IFOP estimates for TF1, the New People's Front could secure 180-215 seats in the parliament, while an Ipsos poll for France TV predicts 172-215 seats for the left-wing bloc. An Opinionway poll for C News TV indicated that the New People's Front would secure 180-210 seats.

None of the parties obtained an absolute majority, which would have allowed them to form a government independently, i.e., with 289 seats.

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