Lavrov Says Elections in France 'Do Not Resemble Democracy'

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On Sunday, voting for the second round of the legislative elections in France began against a backdrop of declining popularity for incumbent President Macron's coalition.
MOSCOW, July 7 (Sputnik) - The snap elections taking place in France "do not resemble democracy," Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Sunday.

"The first round of the parliamentary elections has taken place [in France]. They have two rounds, and the second one is likely to have been masterminded to manipulate the will of the voters during the first round. When some candidates can withdraw from the election after being talked into it by someone seeking to, as they say, win over conservatives and populists, it does not resemble democracy that much," Lavrov told Russian journalist Pavel Zarubin.

If there were only one round of elections in France, the country would face drastic changes, the minister added.
French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a news conference ahead of the G7 Summit, at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Thursday, June 10, 2021 - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 01.07.2024
What Do France's Snap Election Results Show?

What You Need to Know About the Election

Last Sunday, French voters gave a clear lead to Jordan Bardella and Marine Le Pen's RN (33.15%), as well as to the left-wing alliance (27.99%). The presidential camp, on the other hand, received only 20% of the votes.
Jordan Bardella, 28, would be the new prime minister if the RN wins. This would limit Emmanuel Macron's ability to take controversial decisions, such as sending French troops to Ukraine. The right wing rejects this idea.
In the absence of a majority, Macron could retain the current government and dissolve the National Assembly again in a year's time. His presidential term ends in 2027.
Voters can cast their ballots until 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. in large cities during the second round.