Voting underway in second round of parliamentary elections in France

Paris. The second phase of voting for parliamentary elections is going on in France on Sunday, in which the reins of power are expected to go into the hands of nationalist and far-right forces for the first time since the Nazi era or there is a possibility of a hung parliament. The term of the French Parliament was to end in 2027, but after suffering a major defeat in the European Union on June 9, President Emmanuel Macron has taken a big gamble by dissolving the Parliament before time. The result of this mid-term election is likely to have a great impact on European financial markets, Western countries’ support for Ukraine and France’s way of managing global military force and nuclear arsenal.

About 49 million voters are registered to vote in this election and this election will decide who will control the National Assembly and who will become the Prime Minister. If Macron’s party does not get a majority, he will be forced to share power with parties opposing pro-EU policies. Earlier, the first phase of elections was held on June 30, in which Marine Le Pen-led National Rally took the lead. There is still uncertainty about the election result.

Surveys have shown that the National Rally could win the most seats in the 577-seat National Assembly, but it would probably not win the 289 seats needed for a majority. The National Rally has long been linked to racism and anti-Semitism and is seen as hostile to France’s Muslim community. Many French voters are worried about inflation and economic concerns.

They are also disappointed with the leadership of President Emmanuel Macron. Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration National Rally party has capitalised on this discontent in the elections and has fuelled it especially through online platforms such as TikTok. A new left-wing coalition, the New Popular Front, is also posing a challenge to the pro-business Macron and his centrist coalition, Together for the Republic.

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