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Election issues shake NATO and EU

By Duncan Mil

June 30, 2024 - July 7, 2024 - France is racing toward snap National Assembly elections where the far-right National Rally and the united left New Popular Front are polling ahead of President Macron’s Renaissance.

Mac­ron’s cent­rist alli­ance, Ensemble, is facing elect­oral wipeout less than two weeks before the first round of elections, which Macron called in response to the far-right defeat of his Renaissance party in European polls.

According to a recent IFOP poll, Macron’s centrist alliance is projected to secure a third-place finish on June 30, with a second round of elections on July 7. The far-right National Rally (RN) and the left-wing New Popular Front alliance are expected to take the lead, potentially altering the political landscape of France and its relationship with the EU and NATO.

If the current trend continues, there is a possibility of an awkward “cohabitation” between Macron and RN leader Jordan Bardella, in which the latter could become prime minister.

Under cohabitation, the constitution states that the prime minister directs the government’s action and ensures the execution of laws. At the same time, the president is commander-in-chief, controls the nuclear buttons and dominates foreign policy.

Referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine while visiting the Eurosatory defence show outside Paris on Wednesday (June 19), Bardella said that “France mustn’t leave NATO’s military command while we are at war because it would considerably weaken France’s responsibility on the European scene.”

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PUBLISHED: 21/06/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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