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France’s Rassemblement National Wants to Win More Rights for Itself

Following its victory in the European elections, the right-wing populist Rassemblement National (RN) in France wants to win over other right-wing extremists, including the far-right party Reconquista, for the early parliamentary elections called by President Emmanuel Macron.

“I myself am quite ready to discuss with personalities who do not come from the Rassemblement National and who share the ambition to bring some of our ideas to power in a few weeks and – even within the framework of cohabitation – to start the reconstruction of the country,” said RN party leader Jordan Bardella on Monday evening in Paris.

In France, cohabitation means that the president and the prime minister represent different political directions.

Bardella had his first meeting with Reconquest’s leading candidate for the European elections, Marion Maréchal, on Monday.

“I wanted to have a conversation with her and talk about our current efforts to form the broadest possible majority,” said Bardella. His party wants to run in the parliamentary elections together with other right-wing parties as a national coalition with the aim of taking over the government and the office of prime minister.

No agreement has yet been reached with Maréchal, he said: “At the moment it is just a matter of talks.”

In the European elections, the Rassemblement National received 31.36% of the vote, while the Reconquest party received 5.47%.

Maréchal is the niece of Marine Le Pen, the parliamentary group leader of the Rassemblement National, and was formerly active in her party before she switched to the far-right rival party a good two years ago.

“For me it is obvious that the one million voters of the Reconquista must participate in this dynamic surrounding the RN,” said Maréchal after an initial conversation with Bardella and her aunt.

The National Rally wants to “work with those at Reconquest who have taken a constructive stance towards the RN.”

The leader of the Reconquista, Éric Zemmour, who is at loggerheads with the Rassemblement National, could pose an obstacle to a right-wing alliance. The French media are also speculating about Maréchal’s return to the Rassemblement National.

The leader of the far-right French party Rassemblement National (RN), Jordan Bardella, smiles as he speaks to activists after the announcement of the first results during an evening event of the far-right French party Rassemblement National (RN) on the last day of the European elections at the Pavillon Chesnaie du Roy in Paris. Julien De Rosa/AFP/dpa

The leader of the far-right French party Rassemblement National (RN), Jordan Bardella, smiles as he speaks to activists after the announcement of the first results during an evening event of the far-right French party Rassemblement National (RN) on the last day of the European elections at the Pavillon Chesnaie du Roy in Paris. Julien De Rosa/AFP/dpa

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