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Early election brings risk of violence, I became French Interior Minister

France could see election-related civil unrest and violence, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on Monday, as the campaign enters its final week before the first round of voting.

“It is possible that there will be extremely strong tensions,” Darmanin told RTL radio, adding that authorities were preparing for a “highly flammable” situation, with the vote taking place less than a month before the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“The people say ‘no’ to the Parisians, to the elites with their diplomas,” Darmanin told RTL radio.

President Emmanuel Macron, who shocked the nation with his decision to dissolve the National Assembly earlier this month, is not on the ballot, but for many voters the election is seen as a referendum on the fate of a president who was once seen as capable of overcoming political divisions, but whose approval ratings plummeted after several political crises.

“I trust you”, Macron told voters in a “letter to the French” published on Sunday (23), in which he sought to present his camp, behind in the polls of the extreme right and a newly formed left alliance, such as the last hope for stability, adding: “I am not blind: I am aware of the democratic malaise.”

Macron also reiterated that he would remain in office until the end of his term in 2027, regardless of the election result.

Source: CNN Brasil

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