Far-right gains three seats, while Macron’s government suffers a setback as Sonia Backès loses in New Caledonia.
Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally has secured a significant victory in the French senate elections, gaining three seats. This surge comes amidst a growing right-wing wave sweeping across Europe and stands as a major humiliation for President Emmanuel Macron.
Notably, the only member of Macron’s government running in the election, Secretary of State for Citizenship Sonia Backès, faced defeat in the French territory of New Caledonia.
Although the Senate’s legislative influence is less than that of the National Assembly, this outcome grants senators more power in cases of legislative disagreements. As Macron’s party lost its majority last year, compromise with the upper house becomes crucial.
Furthermore, this shift in the political landscape in France raises questions about the future of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, who may face challenges from the right-wing wave in the upcoming EU elections. Read more