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Former President Hollande to run in National Assembly election

Wants to know again: François Hollande is running for the left-wing alliance in the Correze department Wants to know again: François Hollande is running for the left-wing alliance in the Correze department

Wants to know once more: François Hollande is operating for the left-wing alliance within the Correze division


Surprise in France: Former President François Hollande needs to change into a member of the National Assembly. The 69-year-old introduced that he would run for the left-wing alliance in a single constituency. People throughout the nation took to the streets to protest towards the far-right.

DFormer French President François Hollande has surprisingly introduced his candidacy within the upcoming parliamentary elections in France. Hollande stated on Saturday in Tulle in his dwelling area of Corrèze in central France that he had made this resolution as a result of “the situation is serious” – “more serious than it has ever been”.

The hazard from the intense proper is there. “Since the liberation (from the Nazis), the extreme right has never been so close to power.” The socialist added: “In an extraordinary situation, an extraordinary decision.”

Hollande admitted that it was very uncommon for a former president to face for election as a member of parliament in a constituency. The 69-year-old was a member of parliament for Corrèze from 1988 to 1993 and from 1997 to 2012. He was president of France from 2012 to 2017.

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Hollande helps the merger of left-wing events that wish to cease the right-wing populist Rassemblement National (RN). When requested whether or not he additionally needed to change into prime minister, Hollande replied that it was not about his private development: “I was President of the Republic, I am not striving for anything for myself personally.” He known as on the French to cease the right-wing populists within the second spherical of voting.

Demos towards Rassemblement National in France

People throughout the nation took to the streets on Saturday to protest towards the shift to the suitable. Trade unions and left-wing events had known as for the demonstrations. According to police studies, round 250,000 individuals took half within the rallies in quite a few cities. The organizers even spoke of round 640,000 demonstrators.

According to police figures, there have been 75,000 in Paris, and 250,000 in accordance with organizers. There have been additionally demonstrations in cities equivalent to Marseille, Rennes, Lille, Bordeaux, Reims, Nantes, Bayonne, Toulon and Valenciennes. Further occasions are deliberate for Sunday, together with an illustration in Lyon.

Demonstrators on Saturday in Paris

Demonstrators on Saturday in Paris


Antifa activists also mingled with the demonstrators, there was property damage

Antifa activists additionally mingled with the demonstrators, there was property injury


The right-wing nationalist occasion Rassemblement National (RN) collected round 31.5 % of the votes within the European elections a couple of week in the past. In response, French President Emmanuel Macron dissolved parliament and known as for brand new elections to the National Assembly at brief discover. These will happen in two rounds on June 30 and July 7.

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France Correspondent Martina Meister Author photo World APO Correspondents' Meeting, September 2022

In nationwide parliamentary elections in France, MPs are elected in accordance with a majority voting system with two rounds: if no candidate in a constituency receives an absolute majority within the first spherical, a second spherical is held during which the candidate with essentially the most votes wins.

According to polls, the RN might obtain an analogous outcome within the parliamentary elections because it did within the European elections. This would make the occasion the strongest power in parliament and will presumably even present the prime minister.