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German Chancellor Scholz expresses worry over the potential electoral victory of right-wing populists in France.

Scholz, the German Chancellor, has voiced anxiety over the likely victory of France's right-wing populists in upcoming elections. In a weekend ARD interview, he pronounced, "I'm not pleased about the French elections," and expressed a desire for parties other than Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement...

Federal Chancellor Scholz in Berlin on Sunday
Federal Chancellor Scholz in Berlin on Sunday

German Chancellor Scholz expresses worry over the potential electoral victory of right-wing populists in France.

The leader declared that Emmanuel Macron, France's president, would continue to appear in committees as the head of government, regardless of the election results. However, he perceived it as a significant shift if the National Rally (NR), led by Marine Le Pen, won the early parliamentary elections on June 30 and July 7.

At present, the right-wing populists in France, including Marine Le Pen, are seeing a rise in popularity and are leading in polls with the highest approval ratings. Following a clear NR victory in the European elections on June 9, Macron dissolved the National Assembly and scheduled the early elections.

As per a survey published on Saturday by the newspaper "Le Parisien" and Radio France, the right-wing populists currently have 35.5% of the votes, with the left-wing New Popular Front coalition trailing behind with 29.5%. The liberal camp of Macron is in third place with 19.5% of the votes.

"I am as worried about the potentially more alarming results in other countries' European elections as I am about the result here in Germany," Scholz stated in an ARD summer interview.

Scholz's SPD suffered its worst result in a European election with 13.9%. The AfD (Alternative for Germany) rose to become the second strongest force in Germany, and in the five eastern German federal states, it was even the strongest party.

Right-wing extremist parties also made gains in other countries during the European elections. In the Netherlands, the Party for Freedom of right-wing populist Geert Wilders finished in second place. In Austria, the right-wing populist FPO (Freedom Party) was far ahead. In Italy, the Fratelli d'Italia party of the right-wing prime minister Giorgia Meloni was the strongest party.

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  1. Olaf Scholz, the German Chancellor, expressed concern about the potential electoral success of right-wing populists, specifically the National Rally (NR) led by Marine Le Pen, in the upcoming parliamentary elections in France.
  2. The European elections held on June 9 saw right-wing populists making gains in various countries, with the National Rally leading in polls in France with the highest approval ratings.
  3. Following their victory in the European elections, Emmanuel Macron, France's president, dissolved the National Assembly and scheduled early parliamentary elections for June 30 and July 7.
  4. According to a survey published on Saturday by the newspaper "Le Parisien" and Radio France, the National Rally currently has 35.5% of the votes, with Olaf Scholz's Social Democratic Party (SPD) in Germany suffering its worst result in a European election with 13.9%.
  5. In the German parliamentary election, the Alternative for Germany (AfD) rose to become the second strongest force, and in the five eastern German federal states, it was even the strongest party.
  6. In response to the European elections, Scholz stated his worry about the potential more alarming results in other countries' elections, mentioning the increase in popularity of right-wing populists such as the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands and the Freedom Party in Austria.
  7. With the rise of right-wing populists in various countries, Olaf Scholz and other leaders in Europe are now faced with managing the challenges and potential consequences of this electoral success for their respective countries and the continent as a whole.

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