Including recognition of Palestine.. Learn about the surprises of the French elections and their political impact | Politics

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Still a battle Al-Aqsa Flood Its shadows extend over the regional and international dimensions, and the results of the French legislative elections at the beginning of this week were an extension of these shadows, which constituted a major change in the awareness of the French voter towards the Palestinian cause, and an awareness of the weakness of the narrative that the Israeli occupation has long promoted.

The story began on June 9, when the French President arrived… Emmanuel Macron The National Assembly in preparation for early elections, and the goal was for his party (Ennahda) to obtain the majority that would allow him to implement his political program without the need to form an alliance with other parties.

With the start of the election campaign, many opinion polls showed that the National Rally party, which represents the “far right” movement, led by… Marine Le Pen To win the majority, in line with the dominance of this trend in similar elections in European UnionAnd the failures of the political leadership in France in many crises, according to the supporters of this trend.

The first surprise

Indeed, the results of the first stage of the French elections, which took place on June 30, brought the first surprise, with the “far right” taking first place with 29.5% of the votes.

In a special interview with Al Jazeera Net, Kamal Al-Aifi, head of the International Academy for Rights and Development in Paris, attributed the reasons for the far-right’s advance in the first stage of the French elections to the following:

  • First: The “far-right” incitement against Muslims, Africans and immigrants before the French elections and throughout Europe.
  • Secondly, the French President’s system failed to reduce prices and solve many social problems.
  • Third: France’s foreign policy in its “unbridled force” towards the war in Ukraine and against Russia.
  • Fourth: Punishing Macron by playing the card of internal security, patriotism, and preserving the French entity against other entities.

In depth, the head of the European-Palestinian Council for Political Relations, Majed Al-Zeer, believes that the recent French elections are an extension of an existential battle regarding France’s identity due to the large number of ethnicities in the country, and regarding immigrants and foreign policy, especially with France’s position at the heart of international politics.

People queue in front of polling stations inside the Anse Vata sports hall to vote in the first round of France's crunch legislative elections in Noumea, in France's Pacific territory of New Caledonia, on June 30, 2024. (Photo by Delphine MAYEUR / AFP)
The French legislative elections witnessed sharp fluctuations in their first and second rounds (French)

The second surprise

But the joy of the French far right did not last long, and the second surprise occurred when the left-wing alliance topped the election results, followed by the centrist alliance (Together for the Republic), supported by President Macron, in second place, and then the far right movement came in third.

This sudden change in the orientations of the French voter was due to fundamental reasons at the heart of the electoral program announced by the leaders belonging to the left. Dr. Al-Ayfi monitors the movements made by this alliance during a period not exceeding hours before the second round of the elections, including:

Firstly- All leftist currents gathered in one bloc called “New Popular FrontIn an attempt to end the state of fragmentation that this movement was in during the first round of elections.

secondly- The success of this movement in developing a workable program based on a group of prominent members of French politics, and in which its sources of funding are integrated with the banks that spend the state’s general budget, was therefore convincing and acceptable to the French voter.

Gaza and the ballot box

The second round of the French legislative elections was held on July 7, a full 9 months after the start of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip. The impact of this aggression on the European Parliament elections in general and the French elections in particular cannot be ruled out.

By virtue of his position in the European-Palestinian Council, Al-Zeer believes – in a special interview with Al Jazeera Net – that the impact of the war on Gaza went through two stages in France:

  • First: It began with a collectively biased European position, and in France it came in the form of unlimited military support and political cover, in addition to striking any manifestation of support for the Palestinian voice.
  • the second: It was represented in a field movement in all the streets and capitals of Europe, over the past nine months, and then the situation developed into a legal environment in The Hague, which caused some change in the positions of some countries, including France, where the president’s position on the war on Gaza is different now than it was at the beginning.

Advocacy for the Palestinian cause takes on another dimension from the point of view of the President of the International Academy for Rights and Development in Paris, as he believes that the announcements made by the New Popular Front in France after the election results were announced, She says the most important thing she will do in foreign policy is to recognize the Palestinian state..

He added that the Palestinian issue was strongly present in the French left’s electoral programme, whether in the slogans and flags raised or the manifestations of celebrations of the electoral progress, so Palestine is no longer an elite issue but has a popular presence.

The popular movement in support of Palestine in France and throughout Europe has greatly changed the opinions of politicians (Al Jazeera)

The Israeli Narrative

The popular presence of the Palestinian cause, and its acquisition of new momentum since the start of the Battle of the Flood of Al-Aqsa, came at the expense of the narrative that Israel had long promoted in the Western media, and this may be due to basic reasons:

  • Firstly- The media broadcasted live images from the battlefield to the masses of viewers, and the world saw the extent of the killing and destruction that the Palestinians were subjected to, and realized the falsehood of the Israeli narrative that tried to mislead the world about what it was committing. Genocide In Gaza, according to Al-Zeer.
  • secondly- The daily popular movement pressured political leaders to take positions consistent with popular convictions and demands, and then these convictions were transformed into party policies that were at the heart of the electoral process, according to Al-Aifi.

France held two-stage legislative elections, the first of which was held on June 30, and the far-right coalition came out on top, as polls had predicted. However, the second round of the elections was held on July 7, and the left-wing movement came out on top, in a surprise that was considered “sounding and unexpected” in French politics. However, it did not achieve the majority that would qualify it to form a government alone, pending negotiations between the various parties to form a new government.

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