Macron appeals for support ahead of legislative elections

French President Emmanuel Macron has appealed for support ahead of legislative elections this month, as his ruling coalition stands to lose a majority amid public discontent over soaring prices.

Candidates are vying for 577 seats in the lower house National Assembly. The first round of voting will take place on Sunday, after the presidential election in April.

The far-right party led by Marine Le Pen, Macron’s run-off presidential rival, and a coalition of mostly far-left parties are gaining ground with their proposals for action against soaring prices fueled by the Russian invasion from Ukraine.

Macron spoke at a rally in southern France on Thursday.

He called for a strong and clear majority for his bloc to implement its policies, saying proposals from those he called “extremists” would add “French disorder to global disorder”.

The Macron administration has proposed a series of measures in the face of rising prices, including an aid program for people who find it difficult to buy food and an increase in pensions.

But the latest polls show the president’s camp may not win a majority in parliament, where his coalition currently holds 60% of the seats.

The elections will take place on June 12. A second round will take place on June 19 in the constituencies where no candidate has obtained a majority.

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