French left-wing coalition and Macron keep Le Pen out of power

The French parliamentary elections have led to a dramatic shift in the political landscape. Contrary to all predictions, the far-right National Front did not win a majority, and the hastily formed coalition of left-wing parties emerged from the ballot box as the winner.

A notable development is the revival of the left-wing coalition led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon. This coalition, made up of socialists, greens and communists, has made significant gains and is disrupting the traditional French division of power. In the past, similar attempts to form a 'left front' have failed due to major contradictions between the programs and politicians from the 'divided left'. 

The left-wing coalition can now form a government with the current ruling party of President Emmanuel Macron, which, as the second party, attracted a larger share of voters than previously expected.

Progressive politicians in the EU praise the French voter for their choice to counter the continued rise of the extreme right. They see the French elections as an example of how cooperation and coalition building can lead to more balanced and inclusive politics.

The ballot box result is also seen as a 'no' against the far right, with Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National (RN) winning seats, but not enough to come to power. Large demonstrations have also been held in Germany for months against possible cooperation with the far-right AfD.

In the Netherlands, a government led by an extreme right-wing party came to power last week. The anti-EU and anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders received sufficient support from two center parties and a new populist farmers' party.

The results of the elections pose significant challenges for French politicians to maintain political stability. President Macron and his new left-wing coalition friends will have to navigate a fragmented parliament. 

This situation requires a new approach in the French political system, focusing on coalition building and cooperation, similar to many other European democracies.