Le Pen says National Rally will 'confront' any govt with leftist France Unbowed or Green ministers

The left-wing alliance of the New Popular Front, which came first in the legislative elections with 182 seats, is holding meetings to try to agree on a candidate for prime minister and the broad outlines of a government programme. Meanwhile, Marine Le Pen has promised that her far-right National Rally party will confront any government "where France Unbowed and Greens have ministerial responsibilities". Read our liveblog to see how all the day's events unfolded.

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  • France's biggest trade union federation called for nationwide protests on July 18, the day when the newly elected parliament is scheduled to convene, to demand that the left-wing coalition New Popular Front form a government.

  • In an open letter addressed to the French on Wednesday, President Emmanuel Macron called on France's mainstream political forces to unite to form a centrist coalition since no single bloc won a majority in Sunday's elections.

  • Centre-left Socialist Party leader Olivier Faure told France 2 television that Macron must “respect” the choice of French voters and nominate a prime minister from the leftist New Popular Front alliance.

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