France: NPF wins most seats in parliamentary elections

Source: Firstpost [India]

“The French left-wing coalition, the New Popular Front (NPF), has said that it will name its prime ministerial candidate this week. In a stunning break from expectations, the NPF emerged as the single-largest bloc in the French parliamentary elections. The tactical voting arrangement between the NPF and the centrist bloc of President Emmanuel Macron relegated the far-right National Rally (RN) of Marine Le Pen, which was widely expected to storm to the first position with overwhelming majority, to the third position. Olivier Faure, the leader of the NPF-constituent Socialist Party, said that the coalition will name the prime ministerial candidate this week, according to AFP. In the French elections, the NPF won the most 181 of 577 seats, followed by Macron’s centrist bloc that won 160 seats, and the RN coming third with 143 seats, according to the Associated Press.” (07/08/24)