‘The whole country of France has won’: Far right blocked from power as left surges

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A leftist coalition pulled off a surprise victory in the second round of parliamentary elections in France on Sunday, becoming the largest bloc in Parliament and successfully keeping the far-right National Rally party of Marine Le Pen out of government.

The New Popular Front, which won 182 seats in the National Assembly, still fell short of the 289 seats required for an absolute majority.

President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist coalition came second with 163 seats, while the National Rally and its allies won 143 seats after having led the first round of voting a week earlier.

Democracy Now! goes to Paris to speak with author and filmmaker Marjane Satrapi and journalist Rokhaya Diallo about the historic election result.

Produced by: Democracy Now!

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Benedict Lopez
10 Jul 2024 5.38pm

The far right might have been blocked from power but the unholy alliance between the other two groups is unlikely to work.