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French National Assembly polls: Far-right dominates show in first round, Emmanuel Macron receives blow
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French National Assembly polls: Far-right dominates show in first round, Emmanuel Macron receives blow

| @indiablooms | 01 Jul 2024, 09:22 am

Given Emmanuel Macron a blow, France's far-right is currently in a poll position following the first round of parliamentary elections.

The result showed their dominance and brought the outfit to the verge of gaining political power in the country.

Supporters of Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration National Rally (RN) cheered as she was quoted as saying by BBC that the president’s “Macronist bloc has been all but wiped out”.

The initial results showed RN was on course of clinching 32 per cent of the votes.

The left-wing alliance was trailing behind with 28.1 percent vote while Macron's outfit managed 21 percent.

“I aim to be prime minister for all the French people, if the French give us their votes,” 28-year-old RN party leader Jordan Bardella was quoted as saying by BBC.

This was the first time the French right-wing was dominating the first round of parliamentary polls.

Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella are now aiming to win the absolute majority of 289 seats.

France has a 577-seat National Assembly.

Some media reports claim RN may not touch the absolute majority figure and the country may head towards a hung parliament.

Projections show that, after the second round of voting next Sunday, the RN would win between 230 and 280 seats in the 577-seat lower house – a staggering rise from its count of 88 in the outgoing parliament. The NFP was projected to secure between 125 and 165 seats, with Ensemble trailing with between 70 and 100 seats, CNN reported.

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