Macron's election blocked far right, but didn't reduce its appeal

France, a republic with a presidency designed by Charles de Gaulle over 65 years ago, has a history of political turmoil and popular revolts reminiscent of powerful monarchies. The recent election in France saw the far-right National Rally capturing a third of the votes in the first round of legislative elections, causing concern for the sitting president, Emmanuel Macron.

Macron, who believes the French desire a Jupiter-like leader, called for a referendum in an attempt to combat the far right. However, in the second round of voting, the National Rally was pushed into third place, with the New Popular Front, a left-wing coalition, emerging as the winner with 190 seats.

Despite the National Rally's defeat, its leader Marine Le Pen remains optimistic about future elections, aiming for victory in the 2027 presidential election. The party's policies, including strict immigration controls and creating two classes of French citizens, have sparked fear and concern among many in France.

While Macron's centrist coalition suffered losses in the recent election, the resurgence of the left and the continued support for the far right indicate a shifting political landscape in France. The rise of the far right has been fueled by discontent with the current government and a desire for change among voters in rural and small-town areas.

As Macron navigates the challenges of forming a functioning government and adapting to a changing political climate, the future of French politics remains uncertain. The recent election results reflect a divided electorate and the ongoing struggle between different political ideologies in France.


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