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French President dissolves country’s parliament after heavy defeat in EU vote, elections on June 30

French President Emmanuel Macron has dissolved the country's parliament, as well as the National Assembly, calling for snap elections after exit polls showcased his party's heavy loss in European parliamentary elections on Sunday. Preliminary estimates showed that the far-right National Rally (RN) party won 31.5 per cent of the vote, more than double the share of Macron's Renaissance Party, which barely managed to secure second place with 15.2 per cent of the vote, ahead of the Socialists in th...

May 24, 2024 5:24 PM

The colonial-era inequalities that fuelled the New Caledonia crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron said on a visit to New Caledonia on Thursday that inequalities had widened on the French-ruled Pacific archipelago and were a driving force in the deadly civil unrest that broke out last week. The island territory is marked by deep disparities in education and employment, according to census data and experts on New Caledonia, despite equal opportunities policies that were part of past political agreements in the 1980s and 1990s. The poverty rate among indigenou...

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