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Emmanuel Macron’s coalition level with new leftwing group in French elections

By Angelique Chrisafis

12 Jun 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

French President Emmanuel Macron's ability to push through his centrist reform agenda is in peril after the strong performance of a hard left alliance in the first round of parliamentary elections.

Emmanuel Macron’s centrist grouping was neck and neck with a new leftwing alliance led by the hard-left Jean-Luc Mélenchon in the vote share of the first round of parliamentary elections, according to early projections.

A frantic final week of campaigning will begin on Monday before the second round, as Macron’s centrists still hope to edge ahead but face uncertainty over whether they can win a crucial majority of seats in parliament.

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