Macron calls for fresh elections after EU poll defeat

9 Qershor 2024, 21:57World News TEMA

Macron calls for fresh elections after EU poll defeat

June 9, 2024 - In a surprise move, French President Emmanuel Macron has dissolved the National Assembly and called for new legislative elections after his centrist alliance suffered a stinging defeat in the European Parliament elections.

Macron's party came in second place behind the far-right National Rally led by Marine Le Pen. The results were seen as a major blow to the president's pro-EU agenda.

Speaking to reporters, Macron said the elections would be held in two rounds on June 30 and July 7. He stated that the vote would serve as a "new start" for his embattled presidency.

"The French people have spoken and made it clear they want a change in direction," Macron said. "I have heard their message and I am acting accordingly."

The snap elections come just two years after Macron's party won a majority in the National Assembly. Polls suggest the president's approval ratings have plummeted in recent months amid a backlash against his economic reforms.

Analysts say the elections will be a crucial test for Macron as he seeks to regain momentum and fend off a surging far-right opposition. The results could have major implications for France's future direction and its relationship with the European Union.

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