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France election 2024 live: NFP wins most seats, Macron’s bloc second, Le Pen’s in third

Cheers erupted on the streets of Paris on Sunday night as projected results suggested the left-wing New Popular Front (NFP) would beat the far-right National Rally (RN) in France’s snap legislative elections.

A large crowd then gathered at Place de la République to celebrate the left-wing alliance’s victory in parliament, chanting: “Young people don’t like the National Front,” a popular left-wing slogan.

The NFP is an umbrella group of several parties ranging from the far-left La France Insoumise to the more moderate socialists and environmentalists.

The alliance won 182 seats in the National Assembly, making it the largest group but far from the 289 required for an absolute majority, according to the French Interior Ministry.

Election officials begin counting ballots in Schiltgheim, France.

Addressing a crowd of cheering supporters near Stalingrad Square, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of La France Insoumise, said the results were a “huge relief for the overwhelming majority of the population of our country.”

“Our people have clearly refused the worst-case scenario. It is a magnificent surge of citizen mobilization that has taken place!” declared Mélenchon.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of the La France Insoumise party and member of the New Popular Front, greets his supporters in Paris after the publication of the partial results.

Late Sunday evening, police evacuated Place de la République, firing tear gas into the crowd, which was mostly made up of young people.

But protesters remained upbeat, with photos showing people across the city cheering and celebrating.

People react to the projection of the results in Paris.

The mood was more somber among supporters of the far-right RN party.

In the Bois de Vincennes in Paris, the joyous mood at an RN campaign rally fell an hour before polls closed, when it became clear that the far-right bloc would come third in the vote.

People gather at Place de la République in Paris to celebrate the first results.

After the announcement of the screening, Jordan Bardella, the 28-year-old leader of the RN, declared that France was plunged into “uncertainty and instability”.

Despite its lead in the first round, the far-right National Rally (RN) party of Marine Le Pen and her allies won 143 seats.

With no party close to winning a majority, parliament risks being paralysed, divided between three blocs.

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Rally party, speaks to reporters in Paris after partial results showed her party would fall short of a majority.

The RN’s strong showing in the first round has sparked fears that France could be on the verge of electing its first far-right government since the collaborationist Vichy regime during World War II.

But Sunday’s results came as a huge surprise and showed the overwhelming determination of French voters to prevent the far right from taking power – even at the cost of a parliament without an absolute majority.

Supporters of the French far-right National Rally party react after the publication of partial results in Paris.

President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance Ensemble, which had fallen to a dismal third place in the first round of voting last Sunday, made a strong comeback to win 163 seats.

Macron protégé Gabriel Attal announced Monday morning that he would resign as prime minister. He appeared to criticize Macron’s decision to call early elections, saying he had “not chosen” the dissolution of the French parliament.

Crowds gather during a nighttime campaign rally at Place de la République in Paris.

After parliamentary elections, the French president appoints a prime minister from the party that won the most seats. Normally, this is a candidate from the president’s party. But Sunday’s results mean Macron will have to appoint a representative from the left-wing coalition, in a rare arrangement called “cohabitation.”

Addressing supporters near Stalingrad Square, Mélenchon said Macron “has a duty to call on the New Popular Front to govern.”

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