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      France election 2024 live: political deadlock looms after leftwing alliance wins most seats

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 04:21

    Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally fails to take power while no party wins absolute majority; PM Gabriel Attal offers resignation

    Here are some of the headlines from the French and UK media:

    The Guardian says “Surprise surge for left pushes French far right into third”

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      French election 2024 live: Voting under way in seismic poll as far right aims to become dominant force in national assembly

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 13:45

    Republican Front hoping to prevent Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration National Rally from winning outright majority of 289

    “The individual freedoms, tolerance and respect for others is what at stake today,” Thomas Bertrand, a 45-year-old voter who works in advertising, told the AP.

    Pierre Lubin, a 45-year-old business manager, was worried about whether the polls would produce an effective government. “This is a concern for us,” Lubin said. “Will it be a technical government or a coalition government made up of [different] political forces?”

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      France no longer resembles a divided but tolerant family. It is catastrophically fractured | Andrew Hussey

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 08:00

    As voters decide in the second round of elections today, the far right’s shock success last week has left many asking what the future holds for the republic

    In the past week, since Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) stormed into its daunting lead in the first round of the French parliamentary elections, a menacing graffito has appeared in my neighbourhood in Paris, on a busy street corner between the boulangerie and the wine shop. Written in black, in a clear and steady hand, it reads “ Les nerfs sont tendus, les Fachos seront pendus ” – “Nerves are being stretched, the fascists will be hung”.

    As France has advanced towards the runoff second round of the elections, life has been quietly humming along in the quartier – Euro football matches in the cafes, shopping and commuting have all been as normal. But the graffito has always been there, an ominous backdrop to everyday life, a sinister threat and a warning about the tensions in France right now.

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      Polls open in one of most important French elections in living memory

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 06:00

    Far-right National Rally of Marine Le Pen poised to become dominant force in country’s national assembly

    Voting has begun in France in one of the country’s most momentous elections in living memory, with the far-right National Rally (RN) of Marine Le Pen and its allies poised to become the dominant force in the national assembly.

    After a rest day with no political activity allowed, voting got under way across mainland France at 8am local time on Sunday, with pollsters due to publish usually reliable seat projections as the last big-city polling stations close at 8pm.

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      French artists, DJs and musicians unite to fight threat of far-right government

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 04:00

    Front Électronique acts as ‘world of the night’ to combat rise of Marine Le Pen’s National Rally

    More than 1,200 artists, DJs and promoters from the French music industry have come together in a bid to galvanise “the world of the night” into political action and to protest at the possibility of the first far-right French government since the second world war.

    Members of the Front Électronique (FE) have organised live debates on video streaming service Twitch and free concerts, and released a fund-raising album Siamo Tutti Antifascisti Vol.1 ( We are all Anti-Fascists) featuring 38 artists. The compilation is described as a “call to arms”.

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      ‘We want our peace’: why is France’s far-right support such a rural affair?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 7 days ago - 11:30

    Media rhetoric about migrants and crime is rallying support for the National Rally in the countryside but, say city folk, the reality is different

    Flanked by fields of corn and tree-lined ponds, the regular rumbling of planes in the distance is the only hint of Colombier-Saugnieu’s proximity to the bustling metropolis of Lyon.

    But in recent days journalists from the city have begun traipsing out to the tiny commune, population 2,500, in hopes of better understanding a dynamic seemingly at play in the country’s snap parliamentary elections: the sharp divide when it comes to voters in rural and urban areas.

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      The French republic is under threat. We are 1,000 historians and we cannot remain silent | Patrick Boucheron, Antoine Lilti and others

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 7 days ago - 06:00

    We implore voters not to turn their backs on our nation’s history. Go out and defeat the far right in Sunday’s vote

    For the first time since the second world war, the far right is at the gates of power in France. As historians from differing political backgrounds who share an attachment to democratic values and the rule of law, we cannot remain silent in the face of an alarming prospect that we still have the capacity to resist.

    Despite a superficial makeover , the National Rally (RN) remains fundamentally the successor and heir of the National Front, founded in 1972 by people nostalgic for Vichy and French Algeria.

    This article first appeared in French in Le Monde

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      Marine Le Pen says National Rally have ‘serious chance’ for absolute majority despite polls – Europe live

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Friday, 5 July - 13:18

    Polling has shown that the most likely scenario on Sunday is that National Rally will not win an absolute majority of seats

    And here’s another new poll, conducted for Les Echos.

    This poll puts the far right National Front at between 205 and 230 seats.

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      Will France fall to the far right? – podcast

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Thursday, 4 July - 02:00

    Marine Le Pen’s party won a significant victory in the first round of the French parliamentary elections. Can they be stopped? Angelique Chrisafis reports

    After Marine Le Pen’s National Rally inflicted a humiliating defeat on Emmanuel Macron’s centrists in the European elections, the president called a snap parliamentary election. The decision was a gamble, giving voters an ultimatum: to back him, or to accept the consequences of a far-right victory.

    After the first round of voting, his roll of the dice does not seem to have paid off, and the idea of the RN winning is terrifying for many of France’s minority communities. The Guardian’s Paris correspondent, Angelique Chrisafis explains the roots of the RN and how Le Pen has sought to detoxify it while holding to its core value of prioritising certain French citizens over others.

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