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Macron dissolves parliament and calls elections in France

French President Emmanuel Macron has dissolved the country’s parliament, the National Assembly, and called early legislative elections after an exit poll showed his Renaissance party is expected to be defeated by the far-right opposition in European parliamentary elections on Sunday. (9).

After initial projections, the far-right party União Nacional (RN) came out on top with 31.5% of the votes, more than double the participation of Renascimento, which came in second place with 15.2% of the votes, just ahead of the socialists, in third with 14.3% of the votes.

In a celebratory speech after the poll was published, RN leader Jordan Bardella called on Macron to dissolve the French parliament, calling the difference between the two parties a “scathing disapproval” of the president.

“This unprecedented defeat for the current government marks the end of a cycle and Day 1 of the post-Macron era,” Bardella told a raucous audience at RN headquarters.

Within an hour, Macron gave a national address, announcing that he would dissolve the French lower house and hold legislative elections. The first round will be held on June 30, with a second round on July 7, Macron said.

“I decided to return to you the choice of your future parliamentarian through voting. Therefore, I am dissolving the National Assembly tonight,” Macron said in the surprise announcement.

“This decision is serious, heavy. But it is, above all, an act of trust. Trust in you, my dear compatriots. In the capacity of the French people to make the fairest decision”, added the French president.

In the French system, parliamentary elections are held to elect the 577 members of the lower house, the National Assembly. Separate elections are held to choose the country’s president, which are not scheduled again until 2027.

In the last legislative elections held in 2022, the Ensemble coalition, including Macron’s Renaissance party, failed to achieve an overall majority and had to look elsewhere for help.

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Source: CNN Brasil

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