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Right-Wing National Rally Leads French Elections But Lacks Absolute Majority - Report

© AP Photo / Jean-Francois BadiasA polling station assistant holds a ballot paper during the second round of the legislative elections
A polling station assistant holds a ballot paper during the second round of the legislative elections - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.07.2024
The right-wing party National Rally (RN) is leading in the parliamentary elections in France, securing between 210 and 228 out of 577 seats, which does not grant it an absolute majority, reports the Belgian TV channel RTBF, citing exit polls.
"According to the first exit poll data, the National Rally wins but does not achieve an absolute majority. The National Rally gains between 210 and 228 seats," the report says.
These numbers also include the results of National Rally's allies.
Meanwhile, the left-wing coalition New People's Front has secured between 151 and 180 parliamentary seats, and the centrist coalition of the current President Emmanuel Macron between 124 and 150 seats.
A voter in a medieval costume faces a dog as she comes out of the polling booth  in the communal workshops where the polling station - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.07.2024
Second Round of French Elections Sees Record 26.6% Turnout by Midday
On Sunday, the second round of snap parliamentary elections is being held in France. Belgian media traditionally report preliminary election results before polls close in France, as they are not subject to French laws.
Meanwhile, voter turnout in the second round of the French parliamentary elections is projected to surpass 67%, French media reported earlier in the day, citing an Elabe poll. It was just under 60% about an hour prior to the closing of polling places, the French Interior Ministry said.

National Rally Will Try to Initiate Talks on Ukraine If It Wins Vote

France's National Rally will try to initiate talks on Ukraine if it comes to power, the right-wing party's candidate member of parliament in the Hauts-de-Seine department, Christophe Versini, told RIA Novosti.

"This is absolutely certain: Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella [the party's leader] in power will try to do this. They will try to initiate negotiations and sit [Russian President Vladimir] Putin, [Ukraine's Volodymyr] Zelensky and all our allies at the negotiating table to achieve peace," Versini said.

Le Pen's position on Russia and the conflict in Ukraine is "crystal clear," he added.
"As far as relations with Russia are concerned, Marine Le Pen was extremely clear: it is necessary to return to the negotiating table. Of course it is necessary to continue to support Ukraine. But the most important thing is to return to the negotiating table," he said.
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