French Election: Second-Round Win for National Rally Uncertain as Opposition Bands Together

Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party is facing a significant challenge in the upcoming second round of France’s parliamentary elections. Recent polls indicate a potential decline in seats, dropping from a previously expected 295 to around 220, as numerous candidates from other political groups have withdrawn, urging voters to support whoever the main challenger is to Ms. Le Pen’s party. This unprecedented unity against the National Rally—spanning from right-wing to far-left parties—highlights a concerted effort to block its rise.