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Emmanuel Macron announces dissolution of France’s parliament

The EP elections were held from June 6 to June 9, with voters of the 27 EU member states selecting 720 lawmakers to the 10th EP.

• June 10, 2024
Emmanuel Macron
Emmanuel Macron [Credit; Sky News]

French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the dissolution of the National Assembly, following the defeat of his party in the 2024 European Parliament (EP) elections, according to local media report.

“I have decided to give you back the choice of your parliamentary future through the vote. I am therefore dissolving the National Assembly,” Mr Macron said in a short speech.

The French president added, “This is a serious, weighty decision. But it is above all an act of trust.”

He added that the elections to the National Assembly are to take place in two rounds on June 30 and July 7.

Mr Macron’s Renaissance party gained 15.2 per cent of the votes in 2024 European Parliament elections, far behind far-right National Rally who received 31.8 per cent.

“The unprecedented gap between the presidential majority and the leading opposition party reflects a stinging disavowal and rejection of the policies led by Emmanuel Macron,” RN President Jordan Bardella said after the EP elections results were unveiled, quoted by local media.

“We’re ready for it. I call on French people to join us in forming around the RN a majority in the service of the only cause that guides our steps: France.” parliamentary party leader of RN, Marine Le Pen, said Sunday evening on social media platform X.

The EP elections were held from June 6 to June 9, with voters of the 27 EU member states selecting 720 lawmakers to the 10th EP.

(Xinhua/NAN)

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