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France: Emmanuel Macron pronounces the dissolution of the National Assembly

  • June 9, 2024
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Emmanuel Macron announced on Sunday evening the dissolution of the National Assembly, in a speech decided at the last minute, after the severe defeat of his camp in the European elections.

“After having carried out the consultations provided for in Article 12 of our Constitution, I have decided to give you the choice of our parliamentary future again by voting,” declared the Head of State. I therefore dissolve the National Assembly this evening. I will sign in a few moments the decree convening the legislative elections, which will be held on June 30 for the first round and July 7 for the second.

Before speaking, Emmanuel Macron announced his decision to a few personalities from his majority gathered at the Élysée from 7:15 p.m. Prime Minister Gabriel Attal took part as well as several members of the government, including Bruno Le Maire (Economy), Gérald Darmanin (Interior), Sébastien Lecornu (Armies) and Stéphane Séjourné (Foreign Affairs and boss of the Renaissance party). The President of the National Assembly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, was also present.

Emmanuel Macron thus responds to the request made immediately after the proclamation of the first estimates by the winner of the evening, Jordan Bardella.

As he had announced that he would do if he came first, the National Rally president “solemnly” asked the President of the Republic “to take note of this new political situation” and “to organize new legislative elections” .

According to article 12 of the Constitution, legislative elections must take place “at least twenty days and not more than forty days after the dissolution”. The last President of the Republic to dissolve the Assembly was Jacques Chirac in 1997, a failed operation which forced him to cohabit with the socialist Lionel Jospin. Before him, General de Gaulle and François Mitterrand had each pronounced two dissolutions.

The Renaissance list led by Valérie Hayer was severely beaten by that of Jordan Bardella (National Rally), who came well ahead with 32.4% of the votes, according to the first Ifop-Fiducial estimates for Le Figaro, and TF1/LCI.

With 15.2% of the vote, the presidential camp is neck and neck with the list of Raphaël Glucksmann (Socialist Party, 14.3%). A score well below what the Macronist list obtained in the last European elections, in 2019 (22.4%).

With Le Figaro

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