An exuberant Marine Le Pen, who has handily won her northern France district, has taken the stage in Hénin-Beaumont, calling the seats won tonight “by far the most numerous in the history of our political family” as estimates are giving her National Rally party 89 seats, more than 11 times what it won in 2017.
She says her party has helped make Macron a “minority president.”
Shocking first projection for France’s legislative second round gives Macron’s alliance just 224 seats, and puts Le Pen’s National Rally much higher than polls saw pic.twitter.com/6OrbwFOYz3
— Populism Updates (@PopulismUpdates) June 19, 2022
In 2017 Le Pen’s party got just 8 seats; today it is looking at possibly 89. To have such a massive number of RN deputies in parliament represents the alarming normalisation of far-right discourse in French public life
— Sophie Pedder (@PedderSophie) June 19, 2022
‘The result is disastrous for Macron’