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A man goes to the polling booth in Le Touquet for the second round of the legislative election on 19 June 2022. Ludovic Marin/AFP

Parliamentary elections shock France’s political order to its core

The results of the second round resulted in a historic record of seats for the RN and an even greater polarisation of political life within the National Assembly itself.
Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen have qualified for the second round of the presidential election, as in 2022. Ludovic Marin/AFP

French elections: a divided country faces an uncertain second round

The first round of the French presidential elections leaves the country’s party system in tatters and voters divided along three poles. What will happen in the second round is now anyone’s guess.
Announcement of the results of the first round of the presidential election showing the two candidates qualified for the second round, Emmanuel Macron (28.4%) and Marine Le Pen (23.2%) (estimates at 22:40). Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

First round of the French election: apparent stability, yet a profound reconfiguration

The dynamics of the “strategic vote” in France have amplified the restructuring of the political field around three major poles: centrist, identitarian and far left.
As a French specificity, blank vote is counted but not recognised, despite a steady increase of its usage in many elections in the country. Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Could blank and invalid votes change the result of the French election?

Never before in French presidential elections have commentators and pundits expressed alarming concern about the size of the blank voting.
National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, has been campaigning on a populist agenda. Charles Platiau/Reuters

And the winner in the French presidential election is… populism

A survey shows that candidates who exploited populism in one way or the other during the first round of the French presidential election captured about half of the vote.
Emmanuel Macron was the winner of the first round of the French presidental election. Eric Feferberg/AFP

French election: how the vote came to be so split

The first round of the presidential election has left French citizens and politicians divided – and the top candidates’ four-way split doesn’t favour governance of the country.
The first round of France’s 2017 presidential contest sent two political outsiders to the second round. What’s next in this key European election? Emmanuel Foudrot/Reuters

France shuns mainstream political parties: world experts react

France must now choose between two candidates with strongly opposing visions. The outcome of the May 7 run-off could radically alter France, as well as its position in Europe and in the world.
Benôit Hamon casts his vote in Trappes, France on April 23. Julien de Rosa/EPA

What happened to the French Socialist Party?

With just 6% of the vote, the French socialist party of outgoing president François Hollande came a distant fifth in the French election.

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