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Sánchez hails France’s ‘rejection of far right’ – and Labour’s victory in the UK

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has hailed France’s ‘rejection of the far right’ after a left-wing coalition was projected to form the largest group in parliament in snap legislative elections.

France opted for a ‘rejection of the far right’ and ‘a social left that tackles the people’s problems with serious and brave policies’, the socialist (PSOE) premier wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

Sánchez welcomed the shock result alongside last week’s UK general election where the Labour Party – led by Keir Starmer – achieved a landslide victory over the Conservatives.

‘This week, two of the largest countries in Europe have chosen the same path that Spain chose a year ago,’ he wrote in full. ‘Rejection of the extreme right and a decisive commitment to a social left that addresses people’s problems with serious and brave policies. The United Kingdom and France have said YES to progress and social advancement and NO to the regression in rights and freedoms. There is no agreement or government with the extreme right.’

No single group won an absolute majority in the second round of France’s legislative elections on Sunday, but the estimated results were disappointing for the far-right National Rally, led by Marine Le Pen, which won the first round on 30 June.

President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance will have dozens fewer members of parliament, but held up better than expected.

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