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Voters In France Rally Against Far-Right Shift Ahead Of Snap Election

Demonstrators, including French activist Jean-Baptiste Redde (Bottom L), also known as Voltuan, are standing next to and on the statue The Triumph of the Republic on Place de la Nation as they are taking part in an anti far-right rally after the French president called legislative elections following far-right parties' significant gains in European Parliament elections, in Paris, France, on June 15, 2024. Less than a week after the earthquake of the dissolution, opponents of the far-right are being called by trade unions, associations, and the left-wing coalition of the ''Nouveau Front Populaire'' to take to the streets across France. (Photo by Jerome Gilles/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

From Paris to Toulouse, some 300,000 people took to the streets of France on Saturday urging voters to block the country’s far-right party from gaining a majority in the upcoming parliament elections.

The elections will be held in a two-round vote on June 30 and July 7.

Protesters are demonstrating against far-right leaders Marine Le Pen and Jordan Bardella, both of whom hold hard-line views on immigration, after their National Rally party made historic gains in European elections last weekend.

If the elections result in their favor, it would also be the first time France would have a far-right government since World War II.

In Paris, tens of thousands of people gathered in the Place de la République and marched through eastern Paris. About 20,000 law enforcement officers were deployed in the city, reported The Associated Press. Many protesters took to the streets with anti-racist and pro-Palestinian messages.

In the city of Nice, where Le Pen has gained significant support, police said about 2,500 protesters turned out to protest the far-right, according to the Associated Press.

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