Legislative. The French election alarms Europe, which fears a “destructive” outcome for the world

“The results of Sunday’s election will undoubtedly alarm many European capitals,” notes from the United States The Washington Post after the first round of the French legislative elections, Sunday June 30, marked by first place for the National Rally according to estimates (33.5% of the votes according to Ipsos Talan, at 9 p.m.).

“France is one of the original members of the European Union, its second largest economy and a driving force in EU affairs. The RN no longer advocates leaving the Union, but many of its proposals are at odds with EU policies, writes the American newspaper. There is also concern that a victory for the far right could reduce support for Ukraine and undermine the European posture in the face of Russia. Le Pen has already begun to question Macron’s authority in foreign policy and defense, citing a more honorary role for the president. he observes.

“No one has any illusions” in Brussels

This early voting “could have a resounding impact across Europe and on the markets, also emphasizes Politico Sunday night. The far right, skeptical of France’s role within NATO and the EU, has never been so close to power and has a good chance of forming a ‘cohabitation’ government under the presidency of Macron.

Such cohabitation between a president and a government “having diametrically opposed views on almost every subject” risk of “put to the test” the Fifth Republic and its stability, adds The Economist.

In this context, La Vanguardia in Spain highlights anxiety and “deafening silence” from Brussels, where “No one is fooled by the positions of Le Pen, who enthusiastically applauded Brexit eight years ago and encouraged the French to follow the same path, nor by the risks that the ultranationalist ideas of the RN pose for the EU.”

The Catalan newspaper recalls in particular “(only one) of the great promises of the RN, clearly inspired by ‘British check’ requested at the time by Margaret Thatcher, consists of demanding a reduction of two billion euros per year in France’s annual contribution to the EU budget. A request deemed inapplicable, at least in the short term, by experts.

“Torpedo the world order”

“The election in France risks torpedoing the world order”, even claims in the columns of Politico British journalist John Lichfield. This election “could be the most destructive since the war – not just for France but also for the EU, the Atlantic alliance and what remains of the post-1945 liberal world order,” he estimated before the first round.

“Given France’s leadership in the EU, its seat on the United Nations Security Council and the extent of its military power, this is just as much a ‘world election’ than the clash between Biden and Trump in November.”

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