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Ahead of France’s runoff parliamentary elections, over 200 candidates from President Macron’s centrist camp and the left-wing alliance have withdrawn to block the far-right National Rally (RN) from gaining an absolute majority. The RN, leading after the first round, faces reduced competition as centrist and left-wing candidates strategically drop out. Analyst Antoine Bristielle suggests this tactic makes an RN majority unlikely. The left-wing coalition NFP has also pledged to withdraw third-place candidates to prevent RN victories.

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