Emmanuel Macron reeling as far right set for election win | World | News


French President Emmanuelle Macron lashed out at the country’s “arrogant” far-right as polls point to a victory for Marine Le Pen‘s party in the first phase of the two-stage parliamentary elections.

With just three days to go until France’s landmark legislative elections, Le Pen on Thursday raised the uncomfortable question of who would be in charge of the military if her party takes over the government after the two-round balloting – prompting an angry reaction from Macron.

The early elections are plunging France into uncharted territory, and political scientists are scrambling to interpret how exactly Macron and a prime minister who is hostile to most of his policies would share power if Le Pen’s National Rally party (RN) wins the majority in the National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament.

“What arrogance!” Macron commented, speaking at the end of an EU summit in Brussels early Friday morning.

Far-right politicians speak “as if they were already there” at the government, he said. “But the French haven’t chosen yet.”

“Who are they to explain what the Constitution should be? Who are they?” he added angrily.

“I think we must respect the French who will have to express themselves. That’s what I wanted.”

Le Pen has repeatedly said that Jordan Bardella, her protegee and her party’s star leader, would head France’s next government if their increasingly popular party wins.

She suggested in an interview that Bardella, who is just 28 and has no governing experience, would also take over at least some decisions on France’s defence and its armed forces. Macron has three years to serve out his final term as president.

Le Pen is confident that her party, which has been branded racist and xenophobic, will be able to translate its stunning triumph at the elections for the European Parliament earlier this month into a victory in France.

The French electorate will vote in the first round of their country’s parliamentary elections on Sunday (June 30).

An Ifop Fiducial poll released this week suggests RN will get about 36 percent of the vote, with the Popular Front coalition of centrists, leftists and Greens on about 28 percent, followed by President Macron’s centre-right party on around 20 percent.

At least 289 out of the 577 seats that make up the parliament are needed to win a majority.

Le Pen‘s party are expected to win between 260 and 295 seats.

If gloomy polling proves to be accurate, Marcon’s gamble to dissolve the National Assembly will appear to have massively backfired.

If his coalition loses its parliamentary majority, the President will be virtually compelled to appoint a prime minister from the largest party, in a major turning point for the country.



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