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French President Emmanuel Macron dissolved the parliament, but now what?

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By Sophia KhatsenkovaEuronews
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Macron's decision on Sunday to dissolve the National Assembly has been described as both historic and totally unexpected. This daring move presents significant risks for the French liberal leader and marks a pivotal moment in his political career.


French President Emmanuel Macron's decision on Sunday to dissolve the National Assembly is being described as both historic and completely unexpected.

This bold move poses significant risks for Macron, representing a critical juncture for his political career.

Having lost its parliamentary majority in the 2022 elections, Macron's Renaissance faces the possibility of further setbacks in the upcoming snap elections. A poor showing could lead to additional losses for his party.

This decision also raises the prospect of Jordan Bardella, the far-right winner of Sunday's European elections, who could become France's new prime minister if his party performs well, resulting in a period of cohabitation between the executive and legislative branches.

Analysts are divided on Macron's intentions. Some see it as an attempt to push the traditional right-wing Republican party (LR) into an alliance with his liberal coalition. Others speculate it might be a more cunning strategy, with Macron possibly hoping that a far-right government will become unpopular ahead of the 2027 presidential election.

Macron has framed the snap elections as a crucial choice for the French people: do they really want to be governed by the far right?

Watch our correspondent Sophia Khatsenkova in the video above to find out more.

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