Macron dissolves French parliament, calls for snap elections after EU result

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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the dissolution of the National Assembly and called for snap legislative elections to be held on June 30, with a potential second round on July 7.

“I cannot ignore this situation, which has prevailed for several years in our public and parliamentary debate,” Macron said, referring to the feverish political climate in France.

“Therefore, after having consulted the Prime Minister and the Presidents of the Assemblies, as provided for by Article 12 of our Constitution, I decided to give you back the choice of our parliamentary future by calling for legislative elections,” he added.

Macron concluded by stating that he would shortly sign the decree to convene these legislative elections, confirming the dates as June 30 and July 7.

The decision was stirred by the defeat of Macron’s Renaissance party in France’s national vote for the EU elections on June 9.

Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally secured the leading position, with initial estimates placing them around 32.4%.

Renaissance lagged behind at 15.2%, followed by the Socialist Party at 14.3%. Jean-Luc Melenchon’s left-wing Unbowed France earned 8.3%, with the centre-right Republicans at 7% and the ecologists at 5.6%.

Eric Zemmour’s far-right party is projected to receive 5.1%.

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