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Far-right party leads in France’s elections

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Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) party took the lead in the first round of France’s parliamentary elections on Sunday, with 33.15% of the vote. The left-wing New Popular Front (NFP) coalition came in second with 27.99%, and President Emmanuel Macron’s Ensemble alliance placed third with 20.76%.

Despite its lead, the RN may fall short of the 289 seats needed for an absolute majority, potentially leading to a hung parliament. Projections suggest the RN could win between 230 and 280 seats, while the NFP might secure 125 to 165 seats, and Ensemble could get 70 to 100 seats.

Le Pen emphasized that the second round of voting next Sunday will be crucial. Anti-far-right protests erupted in Paris and Lyon following the results, reflecting the contentious political atmosphere.

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