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Far-right National Rally tops French election poll results - Live updates

French elections
French elections Copyright Thibault Camus/Copyright 2024 The AP. All rights reserved.
Copyright Thibault Camus/Copyright 2024 The AP. All rights reserved.
By Romane Armangau
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The National Rally put in a strong performance in the first round of legislative elections, and other parties are now discussing which tactics can block Marine Le Pen from power.

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Snap legislative elections have seen a strong performance by the far-right National Rally, which for the first time topped the poll to elect 577 representatives of the National Assembly.

They spell bad news for French President Emmanuel Macron, who called the snap vote after a poor performance in European Parliament elections on 9 June.

Initial results from Ipsos suggest that Marine Le Pen's National Rally will take around 33% of the vote, with left-wing bloc the New Popular Front second on 28.1%. Macron is pushed into third place with 21%, leaving his coalition in its weakest state ever.

The results are already drawing comment from within and outside France - with candidates plotting strategies for how to succeed in a second round of elections due on 7 July, and observers from the EU fearing a swing to the right in one of the bloc's most stalwart members.

Find all our stories on our French elections hub.

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