French president dissolves parliament after far-right National Rally's EU elections victory

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday announced he was dissolving parliament and called snap legislative elections after the far-right trounced his centrist alliance in EU polls.

The first round of elections for the lower house National Assembly will take place on 30 June, with the second round on 7 July.

Jordan Bardella, the 28-year-old leader of France's far-right National Rally (RN) party, earlier on Sunday urged Emmanuel Macron to dissolve parliament and call legislative elections after the president's alliance suffered a heavy defeat in European elections.

"The president cannot remain deaf to the message given by the French," Bardella said. "We request that he takes note of this new political situation and goes back to the French people and organises new legislative elections."

Voters in France’s overseas departments cast their ballots on Saturday along with citizens voting in French embassies and consulates abroad.

This year's vote sees an increase of two seats on France’s EU electoral roll compared to the 2019 elections. The total number of European Parliament members has been increased to 720, – up from the current 705 – due to the UK’s departure from the European Union in 2020.

Voting across the bloc began on Thursday in the Netherlands, followed by Ireland and the Czech Republic on Friday, with the rest of the EU's member states casting their ballots over the weekend.

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They both received the same number of seats – 23 each.


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