France after the primary spherical of voting: A rustic in shock | EUROtoday

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The Parisian summer time was lastly right here. And it regarded the identical as at all times, with its giant plates of oysters in Saint-Germain, the aperitifs within the Marais and the “tartares de bœuf” on the Place de la République. But it feels totally different and sounds totally different on the terraces of the cafés, the place conversations start with silence, finish with shaking heads and revolve across the query of how what has now occurred might have occurred: the Rassemblement National (RN), for which greater than ten million voters voted within the first spherical of the early parliamentary elections on Sunday, is on the gates of energy. Not solely that: anybody who beforehand didn’t suppose it attainable that Marine Le Pen's far-right occasion might have managed to win an absolute majority within the second and decisive spherical subsequent weekend might be confirmed mistaken.