Following an incredible election result in France a video has emerged of the moment the EXIT poll was revealed.

The people at the top represent the decency of France and at the bottom are the wealthy far right representing the darkness of the soul in France. Thankfully, the decent overcame the beast.

Who are the New Popular Front?

The New Popular Front (NFP) is a last-minute coalition, hastily assembled out of necessity just days after President Emmanuel Macron called a snap parliamentary election in response to his centrist party’s defeat by Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Rally (RN) in last month’s European Parliament election.

The NFP comprises the far-left France Unbowed party (LFI); the more moderate Socialist Party; the green Ecologist party; the French Communist Party; the centre-left Place Publique, and various other smaller parties.

In the first round of voting on June 30, the NFP garnered 28 per cent of the votes, placing second behind the National Rally, which led with 33 per cent. Macron’s centrist alliance secured only 21 per cent.

Who’s in charge of the NFP?

This is a challenging question. After the initial results were announced on Sunday (July 7), the coalition partners celebrated their success at their respective headquarters rather than together.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the France Unbowed party, which secured 74 seats, is the NFP’s most prominent and divisive figure. The 72-year-old politician has had a lengthy career in politics: he became a senator at 35, an EU lawmaker in 2009, and finished third behind Macron and Le Pen in the 2022 presidential election.

Despite his prominence, Mélenchon isn’t a universally popular choice. A recent survey of French Jewish voters by Ifop revealed that 57 per cent would consider leaving France if Mélenchon’s party were to govern.

Another potential leader could be Raphaël Glucksmann, the moderate leader of Place Publique and a member of the European Parliament. However, he has ruled himself out of the running for the prime ministerial position and has stated he does not support Mélenchon for the role either.

There is also Marine Tondelier, the Green Party leader, who emerged as a significant voice in the left-wing campaign during the election. The 37-year-old, from the RN-run northern city of Hénin-Beaumont, has garnered media attention, and her green blazer even has its own social media following.

What are the NFP’s policies?

The NFP’s policies are heavily influenced by the hard-left LFI. It pledges to reverse Macron’s controversial pension reforms and reduce the retirement age back to 60. In 2023, Macron implemented a law raising the retirement age from 62 to 64, requiring retirees to have worked for at least 43 years.

The NFP also promises to increase the minimum monthly wage to 1,600 euros (more than £1,400) and to cap the prices of essential foods, electricity, fuel, and gas. It aims to create 500,000 childcare places and legislate for carbon neutrality by 2050, as well as reform the EU’s common agricultural policy.

In terms of international affairs, the NFP has vowed to demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, recognise the state of Palestine,

“halt Moscow’s war of aggression” in Ukraine, continue supplying arms to Kyiv, and “unfailingly defend the sovereignty and freedom of the Ukrainian people”.

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