France Waits for Leftist Coalition

France Waits for Leftist Coalition

For the first time, the rise of extreme rights, which cannot be stopped in France, has failed to get the expected result from the elections. The left alliance came first in the elections. There was a surprise in the general election in France: The left alliance New Popular Front (Nouveau Front Populaire /NFP) came first, but no alliance was able to gain a majority in the Parliament. As the extreme right was nearing power for the first time since World War II, the left parties united under the umbrella of the New Popular Front. 

The voter turnout in France was 66.63 percent. This was the second round of elections with the highest turnout since 1997, when the turnout in the first round of the general election held on June 30 was 66 percent. The New Popular Front, an alliance of left-wing parties, received the most votes in the second round of the general election in France. 

The National Rally, which finished the first round first, did not get what it expected this time and came third. According to the results announced by the French Interior Ministry, no alliance could reach the 289 deputies required to form a majority in the 577-member National Assembly, the lower house of the French Parliament, and could not form a majority. 

Jean-Luc Melenchon, the leader of the left-wing alliance, said that President Macron should give them the task of forming a government, saying, “We are ready to govern the country.” Marine Le Pen, the far-right National Rally presidential candidate, also said, “Our victory has only been postponed. Today’s result has sown the seeds of tomorrow’s victory.” Reminding that they had only seven deputies two years ago, Le Pen emphasised that they were the party with the most deputies outside the alliances. 

In a statement, the Elysee Palace stated that Macron had analysed the election results and would announce his decisions after they were finalised. The statement said, “As the guarantor of our institutions, the president will respect the choice of the French people.” Failure of any party or alliance to form a majority in the National Assembly could lead to political uncertainty in France. President Macron will not be able to dissolve the National Assembly again for at least a year.