Macron calls snap poll after being flambéed by far-right in EU vote

A screen broadcasts an address to the nation by France's President Emmanuel Macron calling for new general elections on June 30 during an evening gathering of French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) on the final day of the European Parliament election, at the Pavillon Chesnaie du Roy in Paris, on June 9, 2024. (JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP)
A screen broadcasts an address to the nation by France's President Emmanuel Macron calling for new general elections on June 30 during an evening gathering of French far-right party Rassemblement National (RN) on the final day of the European Parliament election, at the Pavillon Chesnaie du Roy in Paris, on June 9, 2024. (JULIEN DE ROSA / AFP)

In a shock move, French President Emmanuel Macron has announced he is dissolving parliament, calling snap legislative elections after the far-right trounced his centrist alliance in EU polls.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen says she is ready for her National Rally party to take Paris after winning 32% in Sunday’s vote, more than double the 15% Macron’s ticket snagged, according to the first exit polls.

“We are ready to take over the power if the French give us their trust in the upcoming national elections,” Le Pen says during a rally.

The first round of elections for the lower house National Assembly will take place on June 30, with the second round on July 7, Macron announces in an address to the nation.

The outcome of the EU elections, he acknowledges, is “not a good result for parties who defend Europe.”

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