Politics

The most important election for decades

Finance Minister, Bruno le Maire has said that France is facing “an election with consequences of unprecedented gravity for our nation”.

President Macron surprised the world when he called the snap election, following the results of the European Parliament votes. He highlighted the fact that far-right parties had taken around 40% of the EU vote. 

It’s important to note that the elections are for a new National Assembly, and that Macron will remain president whatever the outcome. The first round of voting takes place on 30th June, with the second round scheduled for 7th July.

President Macron won a second term in 2022 but he lost his majority in the lower house which has made it difficult to govern. His hope is that he will win back this majority, but it is a gamble as the right wing Rassemblement National (RN) could win, forcing the President into an uncomfortable coalition, probably with Jordan Bardella the 28 year old leader of the RN. It is not an exaggeration to say that the results will influence the future of the European Union.

After calling the election, President Macron said “I am confident in the capacity of the French people to make the right choice for themselves and for future generations”

For sure, the eyes of the world will be on France as they go to the polls.