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Far right ‘ready to govern’, Jordan Bardella says, as France braces for snap election – Europe live

Not everything National Rally wants to achieve possible with Emmanuel Macron as president, Bardella says

In the wake of Emmanuel Macron’s decision to call a snap general election after the far-right National Rally’s win in the European elections on Sunday, French politicians are engaged in what the media has labelled a “national seduction” campaign to form hasty marriages of convenience to fight for seats.

On the left, political leaders announced they had agreed to form a new Popular Front to put up a single candidate in each constituency. The grouping includes socialists, communists and the hard left La France Insoumise, but such alliances have a shaky history in France and it is unclear what role, if any, the leader of La France Insoumise, the hardline Jean-Luc Mélenchon will play. This remains the alliance’s most prickly question.

Well he was just excluded from the group, so he will not join the AfD group in the parliament, and so that’s over, and we could come and talk about what led AfD to be the second-biggest party in Germany, the strongest in the east, the strongest within the working class people, the strongest with the young people.

People don’t care so much about these things. Yes, we had a problem with that person. We took the decision to exclude him from our group, and so let’s move on forward.

You are trying to focus on one person. You’re talking to the deputy chair of the second-biggest party in Germany. We are stronger than the chancellor.

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