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France’s President Macron Dissolves Parliament After Defeat in EU Vote

France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, has officially dissolved the French parliament and demanded a snap election following the far right’s major gains in the European elections. 

“I’ve decided to hand you back the choice of our parliamentary future with a vote,” Macron said in a televised address on Sunday, adding, “I am therefore dissolving the National Assembly.”

This came in the wake of France’s far-right National Rally’s defeat of Macron’s party in the European Parliament elections. 

The National Rally, headed by Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella, garnered over 31% of the vote, double that of Macron’s centrist party Renaissance.

“The center is holding, but it is also true that the extremes on the left and on the right have gained support,” said Ursula von der Leyen, the center-right head of the European Commission, now on course for a second term.

In the first European election since Brexit, voters are told to elect 720 lawmakers to the European Parliament. These lawmakers then represent the interests of the around 450 million EU citizens at the European level.

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