After a promising lead in the first round, France’s right-wing Rassemble National party came up short in the second round of the country’s legislative elections. It ultimately came third for seats in the National Assembly, France’s lower house of parliament, behind the left-wing New Popular Front (NFP) coalition and French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance, Ensemble.

More than 300 first-round races went on to a three-way runoff involving National Rally, the NFP, and Ensemble. Had those three-way races continued, National Rally would have had a decent shot at winning a majority in the runoff. In response to that threat, more than 200 candidates from both Ensemble and NFP withdrew from those three-way races before the runoff to prevent the vote from being split and National Rally from winning. In some cases, Macron had to pressure Ensemble candidates to withdraw in order to give NFP candidates the advantage.

So the left and centrists worked together to manipulate the French electoral system and ensure that the right-wing party had no chance of power.

No party won an absolute majority in these elections, so the country needs a governing coalition. The National Assembly needs 289 seats for a majority. The NFP won 182 seats, Ensemble 163, National Rally 143 and The Republicans (France’s centre-right party) only 39.

Although National Rally improved by 18+ points compared to its performance in the 2022 parliamentary elections, there is virtually no chance that it will be in the new government. The level of cooperation during the elections makes an NFP-Ensemble coalition almost certain.

But that cooperation comes at a price, and that price will most likely see far-left and even outright communist parties enter the new government. The NFP’s platform calls for increasing government spending to the point of waste, implementing price controls on basic goods (because that always works as intended), and creating a new government agency to open the floodgates even wider to foreign migrants.

Meanwhile, Rassemble National’s economic positions are not much different from Ensemble and even some left-wing parties. But as in many other Western countries, the massive influx of foreign migrants to France over the past decade — 2023 set a new record — represented the issue of this election. And that is where the party has come into conflict with the French elite.

All other political parties and media outlets have labeled Rassemblement National as “far-right,” simply because they don’t want hordes of migrants to burden their economy, fuel Islamic terrorism, unleash a wave of violent crime, and slowly but surely undermine French culture.

Macron’s government passed a bill late last year that imposes minimal restrictions on chain migration and migrants’ access to social services, but his party remains within the bounds of “respectable” politics. Parties can tweak the policy around the edges and remain “respectable,” but any real or sincere challenge to mass migration is delegitimized as “extremist.”

Western elites have imported millions of people for cheap labor, cheap votes, and the self-satisfaction that they are helping “the oppressed.” They cannot admit that these policies are disastrous for their countries, so instead of responding to the people’s mandate and forming a government with Rassemblement National, they give the leftists a chance to run wild. Rest assured, the left will not miss this opportunity.

After their triumph, supporters of the new leftist alliance took to the streets of Paris to indulge in their favorite pastime: setting things on fire. Macron’s unholy alliance with the French far-left almost certainly condemns the once sovereign nation to economic plunder by radical socialists and cultural destruction through mass migration that is not only permitted but considered an absolute good.

The French elections have shown more clearly than ever that elite technocrats would rather form a cynical but highly effective alliance with radical left ideologues than let the right win. And they let the left burn their country to the ground so they don’t have to face the truth about their disastrous immigration policies.

The same elites with the same pretensions to superiority also live here in America.

We’ve already seen so-called centrist Democrats, “neutral” government officials, and Never Trump Republicans actively empower left-wing radicals just to thwart the right’s efforts for nearly a decade. The specter of a centrist-left alliance doesn’t bode well for former President Donald Trump, even if he ultimately wins, and it threatens the long-term viability of a conservative movement in America.


Hayden Daniel is an editor at The Federalist. He previously worked as an editor at The Daily Wire and as deputy editor/opinion editor at The Daily Caller. He received his BA in European history from Washington and Lee University with minors in philosophy and classics. Follow him on Twitter at @HaydenWDaniel