French PM urges united front to block far right from winning absolute majority

French Prime Minister Gabriel Attal on Wednesday urged voters to form a united front to block the far right in the second round of the legislative elections, warning that Marine Le Pen’s far right National Rally was within reach of winning an absolute majority. Read our liveblog to see how all the day's events unfolded.


  • Far-right National Rally leader Marine Le Pen said that winning around 270 deputies would allow her party to open talks with individual MPs from other groups in the hope of persuading them into forming a government.

  • Candidates on Tuesday faced a 6pm deadline to register for the run-off round of the high-stakes parliamentary election, as President Emmanuel Macron's centrist camp and the New Popular Front left-wing alliance scrambled to prevent the far right from taking power.

(FRANCE 24 with AP, AFP and Reuters)

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