Emmanuel Macron will be forced to negotiate alliances with other parties, after the French President lost his majority in the National Assembly on the weekend to a new leftist coalition and a historic far right surge.

Macron had been comfortably re-elected for a second term just eight week ago, making him the first president in two decades to win re-election.

Macron’s centrist coalition wants to raise the retirement age and deepen EU integration. This differs from the Far-right leader Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party, who won a significant amount of the seats available.

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First aired on The Wire, Tuesday 21 June 2022