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Legislative elections: the “Republican vote” has won, but beware of the “temporary bandage”



France has experienced “the most anxiety-provoking legislative elections in its history”but “The Republican vote won”, sigh Clarin.

According to the final results, published overnight by the Ministry of the Interior, the New Popular Front (NFP) won 182 seats, ahead of the Macronist camp (168). The National Rally (RN), predicted to be the winner by the polls this week, only came in third, with 143 elected deputies.

These results “are a setback for far-right leader Marine Le Pen, who is failing in her bid to secure an absolute majority – something projections had considered possible a week ago – or even to win”continues the Argentinian daily.

The Swiss site View esteem for his part that the election campaign “in sprint form left the RN in its electoral starting blocks. The glass ceiling that prevents it from accessing power still resists. The success of the ‘Republican dam’ proved that it takes more than an electoral push to crack it, and then make it crack.” .

Assembly “strongly divided”

But “The satisfaction of having dodged the bullet must not cloud the figures”, warns The Country : “in many of the 577 constituencies that make up (our) neighbouring country, the extreme right was only a few votes away from winning a deputy”.

A worry shared by the New York Timeswhich notes that “Even with fewer seats than expected, the RN has now taken a place in French politics that erases a post-war political landscape built around the idea that the openly racist and anti-Semitic character of the extreme right made it unworthy of access to positions of power.”.

The American daily also describes a National Assembly “strongly divided”Or “No coalition government seems immediately possible, with Mr Macron’s centrists caught between far-right and far-left groups that hate each other.” And “hate” President.

Fact, “the bet” Macron to call early elections “turned out to be positive for French republican idiosyncrasy, but rather bad for the stability of the head of state himself”, says the Spanish conservative website ironically The Confidential.

Emmanuel Macron, adds the Wall Street Journal, “now faces the challenge of putting together a government from a disparate group of parties that have little in common other than their desire to keep the far right out of power”less than “three weeks before Paris hosts the Olympic Games.”

“Exhausted political system”

“But everything is possible”point Clarin : “A provisional government, a technocratic team, a convergence government, or a German or Italian coalition. Macron will have to decide.”

For The eveningthe two parties that came out on top in the poll have “a huge responsibility for this ‘third round’ who is presented to them. The ballot boxes tell them to build a serious project together, and not just to block Le Pen.”.

Because “if the French democratic forces who saved the essential this Sunday, by uniting”cannot manage to “to go beyond their divisive speeches and their short-term calculations, this ‘republican front’ will only be a temporary bandage. A pious wish? Perhaps, but there is no other way”assures the Belgian daily.

More globally, “the French political system seems exhausted”, analysis Public. “The extreme bipolarization caused by this crisis requires a reconfiguration of the system”. And if the inaction continues, it will contribute, “once again, to the discredit of the political system and will create the conditions favorable to the rapid recovery of Marine Le Pen”concludes the Portuguese title.

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