In pictures: Jubilant crowds celebrate French election results in Paris

Surprise polling projections in France say a leftist coalition that came together to try to keep the far right from power has won the most parliamentary seats in runoff elections. RFI was at Place de la République in Paris, where a massive crowd of voters celebrated.

The projections were announced at 20:00 local time on Sunday. They are based on the actual vote count in select constituencies, and they put President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist alliance in second and the far right in third.

When the news got out, the diverse crowd of thousands of people that had gathered at Place de la République exploded in applause and cheering.

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