“It’s going to be chaos”: in Lyon, after the legislative elections, uncertainty follows relief

The day after the French legislative elections, in front of the famous Bartholdi fountain, an emblematic monument of the city of Lyon whose author also created the Statue of Liberty in New York, the same word is on everyone’s lips: “relief”.

“Fortunately, the extreme right did not win,” says Stéphane, 47. But like everyone else we speak to that day, he immediately has reservations because of the political uncertainty that now hangs over the country. “It’s going to be a mess, he adds. They will not be able to agree on many things.”

On Sunday, July 7, a broad left-wing alliance became the largest political force in the French National Assembly, but without having obtained the 289 seats needed for an absolute majority. The new chamber is divided into three blocs: the left of the New Popular Front with 182 seats, Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance with 163 seats, and the far-right and anti-immigration National Rally (RN) party and its allies with 143 seats.

After preparing for several weeks to see the RN come out on top in the vote, many say they are happy with the result. “We feel much better than Friday (July 5), when we were wondering what this morning (Monday, July 8) would be like,” Thierry confides on the Place des Terreaux. His friend, Malika, nevertheless deplores

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