Shock in France as Emmanuel Macron dissolves parliament, calls election

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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that he will dissolve parliament and call early elections after the far right crushed his centrist alliance in European Union polls.

The first round of elections to the lower house of the National Assembly will take place on June 30 and the second round on July 7, Mr Macron announced this morning in an address to the nation.

He acknowledged that the outcome of the EU elections was “not a good result for the parties defending Europe”.

Mr Macron pointed out that the far-right parties in France, including the Rassemblement National (RN), which received the most votes, managed to win almost 40 percent of the vote in the EU elections in France.

“Right-wing extremist parties … are on the rise across the continent. This is a situation I cannot accept,” he said.

“I have decided to give you the choice… Therefore, I will dissolve the National Assembly this evening.

“This decision is serious and weighty, but it is an act of trust. Trust in you, dear compatriots, and in the ability of the French people to make the best choice for themselves and for future generations.”

The RN list, led by 28-year-old Jordan Bardella, received between 32.3 and 33 percent of the vote, according to forecasts by several polling institutes, compared to 14.8 to 15.2 percent for Macron’s alliance led by his Renaissance party.

Macron warned on Thursday that the EU was at risk of being “blocked” by a large far-right presence in the European Parliament after this week’s elections.

The election result also marks a critical moment as attention turns to France’s presidential election in 2027, in which President Macron cannot run again and Marine Le Pen, figurehead of the RN, sees her best chance of winning at the Élysée Palace.

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