It seems like French President Emmanuel Macron has bigger fish to fry than people pooping in the Seine: His far-right opponents are currently leading the first round of the French parliamentary elections.

Macron’s party looks set to lose control of parliament after he dissolved the national assembly and called for a snap election in June because of their massive loss to Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) in the European Parliament.

According to official results released by the Interior Ministry, the right-wing RN party and its allies secured 33% of the vote, followed by the left-wing bloc with 28% and President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist group with 20%.

The European Parliament comprises 720 members of the European Parliament or MEPs. This is 15 more MEPs than the last elections in 2019. Seats are allocated roughly according to country size, although smaller member nations generally get more seats per capita. MEPs can then form groups based not on the countries they’re from but on ideologies.

RN is conservative, anti-immigration, Islamaphobic and denies the holocaust led by Jordan Bardella, who, at 28, is on track to become France’s youngest Prime Minister should they win the French parliamentary elections. 

But they haven’t won yet. The French returned to the polls on 7 July for a second round of voting to choose representatives in the National Assembly, which has 577 seats. And we thought our 400 was a lot!

Macron’s term ends in 2027, but he has said that he intends to see out his term no matter the outcome of the elections. 

Across the English Channel, the people of the United Kingdom will be heading to the polls on Thursday, 4 July. This after Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced in May that the elections would occur earlier than the anticipated October/November date.

The Conservative Party, or Tories, which has been in charge since 2010, is predicted to suffer a crushing defeat from the centre-left Labour Party. But why have people turned on the Tories?

  • The economy is still the top concern for most voters, and it’s no wonder. Despite being the sixth-largest economy globally, people in the UK aren’t feeling the benefits. Inflation might be dropping, but the cost of living remains sky-high. The poorest households have been the hardest hit, with a record number relying on food banks after 14 years of Conservative rule. 
  • The state of public services is also a major worry, with fears that current spending plans could lead to even more decline. Take the NHS, for example – waiting times for surgery have almost tripled since 2010.

We don’t know yet what the outcome of these two elections will be, but it’s becoming quite clear that Britons are tired of Tory policies and that the people of France are sick of Macron. One country is going right while another kicks the right out. C’est la vie, we guess.