A French ‘non’ to the far right

Defying expectations the French left-wing coalition, the New Popular Front, overtook Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, coming first during the second and final round of France’s snap elections on Sunday (7 July).

The left-wing coalition, however, has not secured an absolute majority, therefore questions arise about who will be the country’s next prime minister, and which parties could collaborate to form a government. 

To break down what the future holds for French politics, I’m joined by our Paris-based reporter Théo Bourgery-Gonse. 

In this episode you will find more about:

  • The French Left Wing coalition, NUPES, surprisingly won the second round of France’s snap elections, but did not secure an absolute majority.
  • The far-right Rassemblement National party also saw significant gains, securing the strongest parliamentary presence in its history.
  • Coalition talks are expected to be complex, as no one in the center or right wants to work with Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the largest party within NUPES.
  • President Macron is unlikely to intervene in coalition negotiations, leaving it to parliamentary executives and new MPs to come up with a plan.
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