French voters cast ballots in the final round of key parliamentary elections that will demonstrate how much legroom President Emmanuel Macron’s party will be given to implement his ambitious domestic agenda.
Russia said on Wednesday it was expelling a total of 85 embassy staff from France, Spain and Italy in response to similar moves by those countries, highlighting the damage to relations with leading EU members since it launched a military operation in Ukraine.
The French voted on Sunday in an election that will decide whether pro-European Union, centrist President Emmanuel Macron keeps his job or is unseated by far-right eurosceptic Marine Le Pen in what would amount to a political earthquake.
As expected, Emmanuel Macron from the Republic on the Move Party, a pro-EU candidate, and Marine Le Pen, who is a member of the National Rally (formerly the National Front) Party, a far-right candidate, reached the second round of the France presidential elections. Macron won 27.85 percent of the votes, while Le Pen scored 23.15 percent. Leading left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, who won nearly 22 percent of the vote, has declared his support for Macron in the second round. Only Eric Zemmour, another far-right candidate, has backed Le Pen. We talked about the results of the elections with Rahman Qahremanpour, a senior researcher in strategic issues.
Voters cast ballots across France on Sunday in the first round of a presidential election where far-right candidate Marine Le Pen is posing an unexpected threat to President Emmanuel Macron's re-election hopes.