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France’s Left Pulls Off Shocking Comeback Finishing First in Parliamentary Elections

A coalition of left-wing parties pulled off a stunning upset in the final round of France’s parliamentary elections, relegating the right-wing National Rally to third place and seemingly guaranteeing paralysis in the French government. In the first round of voting last Sunday, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) won 34 percent. The leftist New Popular Front (NFP) — a coalition of five parties that range from lunatic leftists and environmentalists to run-of-the-mill socialists — took 28 percent of the vote. French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist Ensemble alliance was essentially repudiated by the voters gathering only 20 percent.

The election wasn’t due for another two years, but Macron, for some reason, thought he could gain a political advantage by calling a snap election (see France’s Macron Dissolves National Assembly, Calls for Snap Elections After Crushing EU Election Defeat – RedState).

French elections run in two phases. The first phase eliminates tiny fringe parties by requiring the votes of 12.5 percent of locally registered voters to move to Round Two. However, if a candidate gets over 50 percent of the vote and there is a 25 percent turnout, that candidate wins outright. This was the round of voting that Le Pen’s party won.

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