France, June 17 -- France on Monday kicked off two weeks of frenetic election campaigning for snap polls called by President Emmanuel Macron to combat the far right after it made big gains in the recent European vote.

Candidates had until Sunday evening to register for the 577 seats in the National Assembly that will be contested in the first round of parliamentary elections on 30 June, with the decisive second round on 7 July.

The centrist alliance led by Macron, who called the snap polls some three years early after the far right National Rally (RN)trounced his party in EU parliamentary elections on 9 June, now has just under two weeks of campaigning to close the gap.

Early polls put the RN out in front on more than 30 percent, with ...