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July 9, 2024 5:16 PM

French left wants to rule but centrists demand a role

said they intended to govern according to their tax-and-spend programme, but centrists laid claim to a role as the left lacks a majority. The unexpected outcome of the snap election has plunged France into uncertainty just before the Paris Olympics, with no obvious path to a stable government capable of getting any legislation passed by a fragmented parliament. The left-wing New Popular Front (NFP) won the most seats in the National Assembly but fell short of an absolute majority by about 100 ...

July 8, 2024 11:19 AM

France election: Policy paralysis looms as left gains and far right stumbles

France faced a hung parliament and the prospect of taxing negotiations starting Monday to form a government, after a surprise left-wing surge blockedç's quest to bring the far right to power. The leftist New Popular Front (NFP) emerged as the dominant force in the National Assembly after Sunday's election, but with no single group securing a working majority the possibilities include the NFP forming a minority government or the building of a broad, unwieldy coalition. The result delivered a s...

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