France elections: Macron loses seats in parliament

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After securing a second term in April, President Emmanuel Macron’s Ensemble coalition crumbled in legislative elections against surges from the left and far-right.   

The coalition emerged as the largest party in parliamentary elections but was dozens of seats short of keeping the parliamentary majority it had enjoyed for the last five years.

The parliamentary election saw a new left-wing alliance, known as NUPES, make gains to become the main opposition coalition while the far right under Marine Le Pen posted its best legislative performance in its history.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said in a televised statement on Sunday said, “This situation constitutes a risk for our country, given the challenges that we have to confront.”

She vowed that the government would work from tomorrow to build a working majority.”

The options available to Macron, who has yet to comment publicly on the result, range from seeking to form a new alliance, passing legislation based on ad hoc agreements or even calling new elections.

The new left-wing coalition, led by 70-year-old hard-left figurehead Jean-Luc Mélenchon won 135 seats, according to an AFP count based on the results published by the interior ministry.

The coalition, formed in May after the left splintered for April’s presidential elections, brings together Socialists, the far left, Communists and green party.

The coalition, formed in May after the left splintered for April’s presidential elections, brings together Socialists, the far left, Communists and green party.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon

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