1 Jul 2024

France’s historic far-right election victory explained

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Krishnan Guru-Murthy: As the French prime minister warned that the far-right was now at the ‘gates of power’ – the country’s left wing and centrist parties are frantically trying to stop that happening.

The National Rally emerged with 33% of the votes after the first round of voting – and a record turnout.

Now all eyes are focused on this weekend’s second round – and whether the other parties will come to a tactical agreement to block them.