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France Braces for High-Stakes Election

June 25, 20242:16

A huge political gamble will be playing out in France this weekend, as voters head to the polls in France’s snap Parliamentary election. President Emmanuel Macron hopes to use the election to re-establish his mandate and reform agenda, but polls suggest that Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally Party could secure a significant number of seats in Parliament, making it difficult for Macron to govern and potentially threatening his political future. 

William Drozdiak, a fellow with the Wilson Center's Global Europe Program, provides an overview of this historic moment. He talks about the potential ramifications for Europe and why Macron decided to take this gamble. The snap election, set for June 30 and July 7, comes as France prepares to host the Olympic Games, adding to the national significance and tension of the political climate.


William Drozdiak

William Drozdiak

Global Fellow, Global Europe Program;
Author "The Last President of Europe: Emmanuel Macron’s Race to Revive France and Save the World"
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