France elections live: High turnout as far-right eyes majority


People queue to vote during the second round of the legislative elections, Sunday, July 7, 2024 in Paris. France votes Sunday in pivotal runoff elections that could hand a historic victory to Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally and its inward-looking, anti-immigrant vision — or produce a hung parliament and years of political deadlock. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)People queue to vote during the second round of the legislative elections, Sunday, July 7, 2024 in Paris. France votes Sunday in pivotal runoff elections that could hand a historic victory to Marine Le Pen's far-right National Rally and its inward-looking, anti-immigrant vision — or produce a hung parliament and years of political deadlock. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard)

People queue to vote during the second round of the French legislative elections. (AP)

As he walked towards his polling station in the affluent town of Conflans Sainte-Honorine, west of Paris, one voter summarised the sense of division in France.

“The country is facing three radically opposed views of society”, said retiree Olivier Grisal as he headed to vote with his wife.

“There’s the far right, there is Macronism which in my view is also dangerous and has dictatorial tendencies and then there’s the left which is also not great,” he said.

Raphael Glucksmann, a member of European Parliament who led France’s leftist ticket in last month’s EU elections, struck a similar tone last week.

He told France Inter radio: “France is on the cliff-edge and we don’t know if we’re going to jump.”



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