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Unexpected election results leave France with a hung Parliament

The official results reveal a victory for the left-wing New Popular Front (NFP) alliance, hastily organized by Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
09:20 AM Jul 08, 2024 IST | SURINDER SINGH OBEROI
unexpected election results leave france with a hung parliament
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New Delhi, July 08: In a surprising turn of events, France's far-right National Rally (RN) has failed to secure a majority in the parliamentary elections, despite earlier polls suggesting they had the upper hand. The election night brought unexpected results, catching many off guard.

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The official results reveal a victory for the left-wing New Popular Front (NFP) alliance, hastily organized by Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

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Meanwhile, President Emmanuel Macron's centrist Ensemble alliance managed an unexpected resurgence, pushing the RN to third place. However, no party has won enough seats to govern independently, resulting in a hung parliament. For many, this outcome brings relief as the RN was unable to take power.

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President Macron's Ensemble alliance secured second place, followed by the RN in third. The lack of a governing majority leaves France facing a hung parliament, with no tradition of cooperation among the three leading groups. Macron has yet to comment on the results.

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This election marked the second round of voting in the snap parliamentary elections called by Macron a month ago. After the RN's strong performance in the first round, many leftist and centrist candidates strategically withdrew to consolidate the anti-RN vote behind a single contender.

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