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Count confirms victory of left-wing coalition in France

France’s left-wing New Popular Front coalition has won 182 seats in parliament, according to vote counts from the second round of the country’s legislative elections.

Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance, Ensemble, came in second with 168 seats, while the far-right National Rally won 143.

None of the three coalitions achieved an absolute majority of 289 seats, so the formation of a new government will have to be negotiated.

Participation in the second round

France recorded a high turnout in the second round, which resulted in a change in the result compared to the first round, with the majority of seats going to the left-wing New Popular Front coalition.

The elections were called early by French President Emmanuel Macron after his centrist party lost ground to the far-right in the European Parliament election.

But Macron’s gamble has now left France at an impasse over governability. The election will leave the French parliament divided into three main groups – the left, the centrists and the far right, with vastly different platforms and no tradition of working together.

Prime Minister to step down

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal confirmed on Sunday (7) that he will resign from his post. Attal acknowledged in a speech after the release of exit polls that his political camp “did not obtain a majority tonight”.

The French politician, an ally of President Emmanuel Macron, said he “will offer his resignation to the President” and that he will continue to perform his duties “for as long as necessary”.

Finally, he also stated that in this legislature the French parliament will be stronger than ever, and that no majority could be formed “by extremist parties”.

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised that the election results will be respected, the Elysee Palace said in a statement.

One of the leaders of the winning coalition, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, called for a left-led cabinet to take over from Gabriel Attal.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen said on Sunday (7) that France “has lost another year” to reduce immigration, insecurity and discuss purchasing power, after her party, the National Rally (RN), suffered a turnaround to left-wing rivals in the legislative elections.

Source: CNN Brasil

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