NewsMacron waits as France's new parliament takes shape after election

Macron waits as France's new parliament takes shape after election

French people react after the second round of the legislative elections results in at Place de la Republique in Paris, France, 07 July 2024. France voted on 07 July for the second round of the legislative elections. According to the first official results, the leftist alliance Le Nouveau Front Populaire came ahead of the French President Macron's ruling coalition and the extreme right one the Rassemblement national (RN). EPA/YOAN VALAT : PAP/EPA.
French people react after the second round of the legislative elections results in at Place de la Republique in Paris, France, 07 July 2024. France voted on 07 July for the second round of the legislative elections. According to the first official results, the leftist alliance Le Nouveau Front Populaire came ahead of the French President Macron's ruling coalition and the extreme right one the Rassemblement national (RN). EPA/YOAN VALAT : PAP/EPA.
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Karolina Kołodziejczyk

7 July 2024 20:24

The Élysée Palace stated in a release on Sunday that President Emmanuel Macron, as the guarantor of institutions, will respect the choice of French society in the parliamentary elections. Simultaneously, he will make decisions when the full picture of the future parliament is known.

According to the release, Macron will wait for the "structuring" of the new parliament to "make necessary decisions." The press office informed that no address from the head of state is scheduled for Sunday evening.

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

According to exit polls by Elabe for the station BFM TV, the left-wing New Popular Union won the election, obtaining from 175 to 205 seats in the parliament. The big winner of the first round, the National Rally, ultimately came in third place, obtaining 115 t o 150 seats. Centrist parties gathered around Macron took second place and can expect 150 to 175 seats.

Similar results are shown by exit polls for other TV stations. According to IFOP estimates for the broadcaster TF1, the New Popular Union could secure 180 to 215 seats in the parliament, while an Ipsos survey for France TV predicts 172 to 215 seats for the left-wing bloc. An Opinionway survey for C News TV indicated that the New Popular Union would win 180 to 210 seats.

According to all these surveys, President Emmanuel Macron's centrist bloc slightly outpaced Marine Le Pen's National Rally party in the fight for second place.

None of the parties obtained an absolute majority, which would allow them to form a government independently, that is, 289 seats.

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