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Macron advises French not to elect ultra-left or far-right candidates to parliament - AP

Macron advises French not to elect ultra-left or far-right candidates to parliament - AP President of France Emmanuel Macron (photo: Getty Images)

President of France Emmanuel Macron has advised citizens not to elect ultra-right or ultra-left political forces to the country's parliament, reports Associated Press (AP).

The head of state noted that the policies of such forces divide society and increase the risk of political conflicts and civil war.

According to him, both the far-right National Rally and the left-radical Unbowed France poorly address real issues, exacerbating conflicts and civil unrest.

"When you are fed up with everything when daily life is hard, you can be tempted by extremes that have quicker solutions. But the solution will never lie in rejecting others," Macron said.

In the president's view, the policies of the National Rally, as detailed recently by party leader Jordan Bardella, will lead to civil war and constitute a program of impoverishment, involving thousands of euros of hidden taxes every day and an inability to pay pensions or decent wages.

Meanwhile, Macron noted that the left-radical party Unbowed France encourages tension between communities for electoral gain, which he also views as civil war because it confines people to their religious or ethnic group.

Early parliamentary elections in France

From June 6th to 9th, elections for the European Parliament were held across European Union countries.

In France, according to the results, the far-right party led by Marine Le Pen, National Rally, secured 31.5% of the votes, while Macron's party, Renaissance, garnered only 15.2%.

In light of these results, Macron announced the dissolution of the National Assembly, the lower house of the French parliament, and called for early parliamentary elections. These elections will take place in two rounds on June 30th and July 7th.

Polls indicate uncertainty in the election outcome due to a complex voting system and potential alliances. Macron positions himself against both the National Rally and the New Popular Front, a coalition of far-right and center-left parties including Unbowed France.

It's notable that the far-right National Rally, led by Marine Le Pen, quietly removed proposals for deepening diplomatic relations with Russia from their website.