French President Macron calls snap legislative elections

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 June 30, with the second round on July 7, Macron announced in an address to the nation. The outcome of the EU elections, he acknowledged, is “not a good result for parties who defend Europe”. Macron noted that, including the top scoring National Rally (RN), far-right parties in France managed to take almost 40 per cent of the vote in the EU elections in France. “Far right parties… are progressing everywhere in the continent. It is a situation to which I cannot resign myself,” he said. “I decided to give you the choice… Therefore I will dissolve the National Assembly tonight. “This decision is serious and heavy but it is an act of confidence. Confidence in you, dear compatriots, and in the capacity of the French people to make the best choice for itself and future generations.” The RN’s list, led by Jordan Bardella, 28, gained between 32.3 and 33pc of the vote compared with 14.8 to 15.2pc for Macron’s alliance led by his Renaissance party, according to projections from several polling firms. Macron warned on Thursday that the EU risked being “blocked” by a big far-right presence in the Euro­pean Parliament after this week’s elections.