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French President Macron called early elections in the wake of huge gains by the far-right in European elections


French President Emmanuel Macron has called early elections in the wake of a massive shift to the right during the country’s European Union elections.

Macron suffered a major defeat tonight after Marine Le Pen’s National Assembly party won a projected 31.5% of the country’s vote following the European Union election.

His Renaissance Party, meanwhile, suffered one of the worst defeats for a party in French government, winning just 15.2% of the French vote.

Macron dissolved the French parliament and called an election after a major defeat, announcing that the first round would be held on June 30, while the second would be held on July 7.

After his announcement, he said: “France needs a clear majority in peace and harmony. To be French at heart is to choose to write history, not to be guided by it.”

French President Emmanuel Macron (pictured) has called early elections following a massive shift to the right during the country’s European Union elections.

Supporters of France's far-right National Assembly react at party election headquarters overnight after French President Emmanuel Macron announced he would dissolve the National Assembly

Supporters of France’s far-right National Assembly react at party election headquarters overnight after French President Emmanuel Macron announced he would dissolve the National Assembly

One woman was seen gleefully drinking as Macron called for early elections

One woman was seen gleefully drinking as Macron called for early elections

Supporters of the far-right National Assembly party were seen gleefully celebrating the dissolution of the French parliament, buoyed by their success in the EU elections.

The EU elections, held across the continent over the past three days, are the first since Brexit, the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In addition, many voters are affected by the cost of living, are concerned about migration and the costs of the green transition, and are concerned about geopolitical tensions, including the war in Ukraine, which have been seized upon by hard-line and far-right parties. and offered voters an alternative.

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It is not only French citizens who have been wooed by the far right tonight.

In Germany, Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic Party (SDU) was expected to come in third place with just 14% of the vote, an all-time low for the party, according to German television polls.

Meanwhile, far-right and hard-right parties in Germany are tipped to take over.

Many voters have been hit by the cost of living, are worried about migration and the costs of the green transition, and are worried about geopolitical tensions.

Many voters have been hit by the cost of living, are worried about migration and the costs of the green transition, and are worried about geopolitical tensions.

The EU elections, held across the continent over the past three days, are the first since Brexit, the pandemic and Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The EU elections, held across the continent over the past three days, are the first since Brexit, the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The conservative alliance of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) won 29.5% of the vote.

The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) came second with 16.5% of the vote, a massive 5.5% increase compared to the 2019 EU election.

A similar result was also seen in the Austrian exit polls, where the far-right party FPOe led the vote count.

If confirmed, it would be the first time a group has topped a national poll in the Alpine country.

The Freedom Party (FPOe) won 27 percent of the vote, ahead of the ruling conservative People’s Party (OeVP), according to polls published by the country’s main media outlets.

The European Parliament, which will have 720 seats after the elections, is made up of multi-party factions.

While centre-left and centre-right factions have largely controlled the bloc’s parliament since its last election in 2019, the parties are widely expected to lose seats as more Europeans turn to more extreme parties in the hope of solving their EU woes.

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