French left says ‘ready to govern’ as country faces hung parliament

French left says ‘ready to govern’ as country faces hung parliament

Posted on 2024-07-08 16:51:41

French left says ‘ready to govern’ as country faces hung parliament

English Headline - France’s left-wing leader Jean-Luc Melenchon says the left is “ready to govern” after emerging as the largest political bloc in parliament, but the country faces a political deadlock as no party won a clear majority.

The New Popular Front (NFP) coalition led by Melenchon and its allies won a plurality in France’s National Assembly in the second round of the parliamentary elections on Sunday, taking 187 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, interior ministry figures show.

The result delivered a blow to President Emmanuel Macron, whose centrist Ensemble alliance managed to win 159 seats. Prime Minister Gabriel Attal offered to resign on Monday, but Macron asked him to stay on “for the time being in order to ensure the country’s stability”.

Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally (RN) and its allies surprisingly finished third with 142 seats despite a strong first-round showing. The centrist and leftist parties joined forces to deny the RN an opportunity to govern France.

But the rise of the far right has alarmed people, particularly minorities, as the RN become a major political player.

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