France’s Far-Right National Rally Leads Parliamentary Election

France's Far-Right National Rally Leads Parliamentary Election

In the latest development, France’s far-right National Rally (RN) has taken the lead in the first round of parliamentary elections, winning 33.1% of the vote. The left-wing alliance followed with 28%, and President Emmanuel Macron’s camp trailed with 20.76%. RN’s leader, Jordan Bardella, aims to become prime minister, but the party may fall short of an absolute majority in the second round.


The far-right’s dominance has sparked concern, with Prime Minister Gabriel Attal urging a “broad, clearly democratic and republican alliance” to prevent RN’s absolute majority. Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the left-wing New Popular Front, agreed, saying “not one more vote should go to RN.” The outcome may be a hung parliament, with RN holding the most seats.


  • “I aim to be prime minister for all the French people, if the French give us their votes.” – Jordan Bardella
  • “Not a single vote must go to the National Rally.” – Gabriel Attal
  • “One thing is for sure, Mr. Attal won’t be prime minister any longer.” – Jean-Luc Mélenchon
  • “Victory is in sight.” – Eric Ciotti, conservative leader

Next Steps

The second round of voting will feature duels or three-way races, with some candidates expected to drop out to block RN’s path to victory. The outcome will determine whether France will have a hung parliament or a National Rally-led government.

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