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Live. 2024 legislative elections: analyses from the foreign press the day after the second round


The surprise at the announcement of the results of the second round of the legislative elections (the New Popular Front came out on top with 182 seats, ahead of Ensemble with 168 seats, the RN with 143 seats and the right with 45 seats) has barely subsided this Monday, July 8, in France as well as in the international press.

If many foreign media salute the victory of “republican vote” in the second round of the French legislative elections, they note, like the Spanish daily The Country, that “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”Foreign observers are also concerned about deep divisions within the newly elected assembly, where none of the three blocs has an absolute majority.

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9:26 a.m. – View from Belgium – “When you govern in such an arrogant way…”

The situation is confusing and, for the regional newspaper The Newspaper, “Macron has only himself to blame.” There were the “yellow vests”, who have “marked his first term”, then the pension reform “adopted without the approval of Parliament during his second term,” recalls the title. “When you govern in such an arrogant way, you can hardly present yourself as a great democrat.”

The columnist pushes a “phew” of relief: “When they reach the edge of the precipice, like during the presidential election,” the French are blocking the way. “But we cannot continue to count on that,” he warns, worried that the use of “all against the RN” end up not working anymore. To avoid this, we would need a more humble governance, but ““This would go against the nature of French politics.”.


9:22 a.m. – Seen from Brazil – Lula is “very happy”

The left-wing Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known as Lula, was the first in Latin America to react as soon as the official results were known in France. On his X account, he declared:

“Very pleased with the demonstration of greatness and maturity of the political forces of France which have united against extremism (…) This result, like the victory of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom (…) must serve as an inspiration to South America.”


9:20 a.m. – Seen from Algeria – “The RN struck by an unprecedented mobilization”

“The left strikes down the RN”title The ExpressionThis Algerian daily newspaper close to the government does not hide its satisfaction and considers that “a far right with an absolute majority” could have pushed France into “an unfathomable abyss that its European, Maghreb and African partners feared.” Seen from Algeria, the Le Pen party is indeed considered profoundly anti-Algerian. Here it is:struck down by an unprecedented mobilization of the French electorate”, he rejoices ostentatiously The Expression. But “If today the danger seems to have passed, we must nevertheless look with lucidity at the challenges and demands of a tomorrow carrying more or less disastrous clouds.”


9:15 a.m. – View from Spain – Peio Dufau, First Deputy “abertzale” from the history of the Assembly

Peio Dufau, a member of the EH Bai coalition and candidate for the New Popular Front, came out on top in the sixth constituency of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques with 36.28% of the vote, compared to 35.33% for the Ensemble candidate, Christian Devèze, and 28.39% for the candidate supported by the RN, Victor Lastécouères. As a result, this CGT railway worker activist becomes, at the age of 45, “the first representative of the abertzale left (or “patriot”, as the Basque nationalists call themselves) in Paris”, welcomes the Basque language site Berria.


9:12 a.m. – View from Italy – “Europe finally gets through

“More Mbappé, less Le Pen”, It is the title of a chosen by The FoglioMonday July 8, which accompanies this original editorial choice with a photo of the French team’s striker “ornate” of his tricolor mask.

“Yesterday in London, today in Paris, Europe is finally getting through this,” rejoices this liberal daily.


9:06 a.m. – View from Austria – France’s two weaknesses: centralization and promises

“Voters have put an end to the Macron experiment”, analysis The Press by evoking a president who “must now lead his country with a government he did not choose”. “We can no longer expect this president to make grand speeches on Europe,” adds the newspaper, for whom this situation can be explained by the growing feeling of downgrading among a large part of the population.

A particularly explosive phenomenon in France due, among other things, to “total political and economic concentration in Paris”: “In Austria, regional politicians can try to solve problems in the school system or health care themselves. In France, on the other hand, a dialysis patient whose nearest clinic is 50 kilometers away can only hope that a distant Parisian official is aware of his case and willing to take care of it.”


8:59 a.m. – Seen from Poland – “Bravo to our French friends!”

The liberal mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski, congratulated the French on Sunday evening, July 7, on the social network X: “A big congratulations to all our French friends!”he wrote in Polish and French.


8:52 a.m. – View from Italy – “What a mess ! “

“What a mess ! “, title Free Daily on its front page of July 8, expressing its surprise at the result of the ballot boxes.

“Macron has plunged the country into chaos, castigates this populist right-wing newspaper. Le Pen has been overtaken by the far left, no one has a majority and Mélenchon is demanding the government of the country by asking for absurd and maximalist reforms.


8:45 a.m. View from Italy – “Macron has won his bet”

“French Revolution”, title this Monday July 8 The Republic on its first page.

“The second round has swept away all predictions, it is the left front that is winning,” rejoices this progressive daily, which nevertheless welcomes the fact that by coming second, “Macron has won his bet”.


8:43 a.m. – Seen from Lebanon – Towards “a government of technocrats”?

For The Orient by Day, These elections have “turned the tables”, but the fact remains that with a National Assembly divided into three large blocs, “It seems complicated to see a national unity government emerge without seeing the left bloc break up.” Are we going towards “a government of technocrats” in the absence of an elusive coalition? asks the Lebanese daily.


08:33 – Seen from Spain – “A last minute steering wheel turn”

“France is mobilizing to block Le Pen’s path,” notes the conservative and Catholic newspaper The Reason. On the front page of its July 8 edition, the daily newspaper plastered a photo of a tense Jordan Bardella: “These legislative elections are the story of a straight highway towards the extreme right in power and of a last-minute change of direction which places France back in its tradition of republican brakes” to the rise of the extreme right, the media analyses.


08:25 – Seen from Germany – “The wall stopped Le Pen”

In Munich, the South German newspaper evokes a “wall that stopped Le Pen”and a republican front which acted as a “Firewall against the extreme right”. The tone is however cautious. Indeed, “The country is very polarized” with in particular a divide between large cities and rural France, “where many feel left behind, forgotten by Paris and victims of globalization” . Among these voters, “a feeling of frustration is now likely to spread.”


08:20 – Seen from Greece – “Long live France !

Long live France ! ” exclaims the Greek daily in French Efsyn on the front page of today’s edition which celebrates “a historic comeback of the coalition of left-wing forces”. “France’s progressive forces led the way in the second round of the legislative elections and blocked the far right, pushing Marine Le Pen and her National Rally party back to third place, once again giving the lie to the polls that had given her a landslide victory.“, rejoices the Greek left-wing newspaper.



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