Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron has suffered a major setback in the French parliamentary election. According to exit polls, the newly formed Left and Right parties will get a record victory, due to which Macron is seen losing his majority in the National Assembly. The exit polls on Sunday have created turmoil in French politics. The prospect of a weak legislature in France has increased unless Macron is able to form an alliance with other parties. Emmanuel Macron, who has so far tried to play a key role as the EU’s leading politician to stop the Russo-Ukraine war, appears to be surrounded in his own home.
Predictions based on partial results suggest that Macron’s candidates will win between 200 and 250 seats. This number of seats is far less than the 289 seats required for a direct majority in the National Assembly, the most powerful house of the French parliament. This situation is unusual in France. If the actual results are in line with the projections, then this could put Macron in a difficult situation.
A new coalition is expected to become the main opposition party with around 150 to 200 seats. Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally is expected to win over 80 seats, compared to the earlier eight.
Similar situation was created in 1988
Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne said in a statement that this situation is risky for our country. We have to face challenges. We will start building a majority from tomorrow itself. Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire called the results a blow to democracy. Along with this, he promised that he would reach out to all pro-European people.
Nothing can be said about what will happen next in France, as it happened in parliamentary elections in 1988 when a newly elected president did not get an absolute majority. However, Macron will also have an option that if he does not get a majority, he should conduct snap elections in the country i.e. ahead of time.
‘The End of Macron’s Adventure’
Le Pen’s party, which was the presidential candidate in front of Emmanuel Macron, got 80 seats. The right-wing party National Rally was formed four decades ago by Le Pen’s father, Jane Murry. Le Pen has registered a big victory in this election, surprising everyone. In 2017, his party had won only eight seats, but this time it has captured 15 percent of the seats in France. Le Pen said she would bring together patriots from the right-wing and left-wing parties. He further said that Macron’s adventure has now reached its end. She claimed that she would emerge as a strong opposition. (with agency input)
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FIRST PUBLISHED : June 20, 2022, 09:42 IST