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Marine Le Pen’s far-right RN party makes historic breakthrough in French parliament

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Marine Le Pen’s far-right Rassemblement National Party (RN) made historic gains in the second round of the French parliamentary election on Sunday (19 June).

The party are on track to win 89 seats - according to projections by Ipsos - a score way beyond the record gains polls predicted.

Its presence in the National Assembly has increased 10-fold and the RN is now the third-largest party in France's lower house.

Emmanuel Macron’s centrist bloc, meanwhile, underperformed polling expectations and fell well short of a majority.

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