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Macron calls snap elections

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Il Presidente della Repubblica Sergio Mattarella e la Sig.ra Laura, al Museo del Louvre,con Emmanuel Macron, e della Signora Brigitte Macron,in occasione dell’inaugurazione congiunta della mostra “Napoli a Parigi – Il Louvre invita il Museo di Capodimonte” (foto di Francesco Ammendola – Ufficio per la Stampa e la Comunicazione della Presidenza della Repubblica)

I do not know enough about French politics to make any judgment about the wisdom of this action, but I assume some of you might:

The European Parliament election came to a close on Sunday with the European People’s Party set to win the most seats but no majority, according to provisional results.

The vote, which took place across the 27-country bloc over several days, was widely seen as an opportunity for right-wing parties to rise in influence. Exit polls had indicated a decided shift to the right, which could shape European policy toward asylum, immigration, and the environment.

In France, President Emmanuel Macron’s party felt this acutely: Macron dissolved parliament and called a snap election after the far-right National Rally did far better than his Renaissance party in the bloc’s polls.

Intuitively, calling a snap election — the most recent legislative elections were in 2022 — in what seems like an unfavorable context doesn’t make a lot of sense, but perhaps I’m missing something.

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