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PODCAST: How to explain France's shock election results and what happens now?

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PODCAST: How to explain France's shock election results and what happens now?
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The Talking France podcast is back with a special episode on the shock results of France's parliamentary elections and the big question of what happens next.


Presenter Ben McPartland is joined by The Local France's Emma Pearson and John Lichfield, in a special episode recorded on Sunday night just after the results came in for France's snap elections - ushering in a shock victory for the left alliance.

After all pollsters predicted that Marine Le Pen's far right group would be the biggest party, in fact it was the left alliance Nouveau Front Populaire which came first, with the far-right group pushed into third place by Emmanuel Macron's centrist group. 

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The defeat of the far-right was strongly influenced by the 'Republican Front' - in which parties agreed to withdraw candidates in certain key seats and voters used their vote to block the far-right in their local constituency.

But the result is far from simple - although the left alliance has the largest number of seats it does not have a majority. The likely result will be a deadlocked parliament and a chaotic political scene.

The developments of this week will be crucial, especially the key question of who will be France's next prime minister.

Talking France will return with a full-length episode on Thursday, looking at the latest progress in that attempt to build a government.

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