Macron Dissolves National Assembly, Calls for Snap Elections

French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday that he is dissolving the National Assembly and calling for a snap legislative election. This decision follows a significant defeat for his party in the European Parliament elections.

In a national address from the Elysee presidential palace, Macron stated,

“I’ve decided to give you back the choice of our parliamentary future through the vote. I am therefore dissolving the National Assembly.” The snap election will take place in two rounds on June 30 and July 7.

Election Results and Political Implications

The first projected results from France showed the far-right National Rally party, led by Marine Le Pen, ahead in the European Union’s parliamentary election.

This defeat for Macron’s pro-European centrists represents a major political risk, potentially weakening his party further and impacting his presidency, which ends in 2027.

National Rally’s lead candidate, Jordan Bardella, celebrated the victory with a presidential tone in his speech in Paris, saying, “My dear compatriots, the French people have given their verdict, and it’s final.”

Macron acknowledged the defeat, saying, “I’ve heard your message, your concerns, and I won’t leave them unanswered.” He emphasized that calling a snap election underscores his commitment to democracy and giving the French people a choice in their parliamentary future.

Broader European Context

The four-day EU elections, involving 27 countries, were the second-largest democratic exercise globally, following India’s recent election. The rise of the far right was more pronounced than many analysts predicted. In France, the National Rally stood at just over 30%, approximately double Macron’s Renew party’s projected 15%.

In Germany, Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic party fell behind the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which surged into second place. Projections indicated the AfD rose to 16.5%, up from 11% in 2019, while the combined result for the three parties in the German governing coalition barely topped 30%.

These elections come at a challenging time for the European Union, which has faced the coronavirus pandemic, an economic slump, and an energy crisis fueled by the largest land conflict in Europe since World War II.

Despite these overarching issues, political campaigning often focuses on national concerns rather than broader European interests.

With information from CBS News

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