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France election: First results – left alliance strengthened, Macron has to tremble

2022-06-19T17:11:15.642Z

France election: First results – left alliance strengthened, Macron has to tremble Created: 06/19/2022, 19:02 By: Sandra Kathe, Max Schäfer Parliamentary elections are held in France. The Left Nupes build up a decent lead. France election is underway: France is electing a new parliament this Sunday. The first polling stations opened on Saturday. Macron alliance in distress: Emmanuel Macron's a



France election: First results – left alliance strengthened, Macron has to tremble

Created: 06/19/2022, 19:02

By: Sandra Kathe, Max Schäfer

Parliamentary elections are held in France.

The Left Nupes build up a decent lead.

  • France election is underway:

    France is electing a new parliament this Sunday.

    The first polling stations opened on Saturday.

  • Macron alliance in distress:

    Emmanuel Macron's allies could lose their absolute majority in the parliamentary elections in France.

  • Opposition strengthened:

    The left-wing alliance NUPES and the Rassemblement National are going into the second ballot stronger than ever.

  • France election 2022 live:

    All information on the parliamentary elections of the "Grande Nation" in our new ticker.

+++ 6.50 p.m .:

On the second day of the parliamentary elections in France, most French cities and municipalities have now closed their polling stations.

Polling is only possible until 8 p.m. in some polling stations in larger cities.

Just like in the first round, turnout was low this time: According to the Interior Ministry in Paris, the turnout was 38.11 percent up to 5 p.m., compared to 39.42 percent in the first round at this time.

At 38.11 percent, however, it was higher than in the 2017 general election at this time (35.33 percent).

+++ 1:36 p.m .:

In the second round of the parliamentary elections in France, there is a slightly higher turnout than in the first round.

By 12 noon, 18.99% of all those entitled had cast their votes.

In the first ballot, it was still 0.56 percent less at this time.

Valérie Pécresse, recently the Republican (LR) presidential candidate, cast her vote for the second round of the general election in Vélizy-Villacoublay.

In the first round, the LR had landed in fourth place, behind Emmanuel Macron's Presidential Coalition (Ensemble!), the New People's Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) and Marine Le Pen's Rassemblement National (RN).

  • The distribution so far looks like this: Affiliation of the newly elected MPs (17/577 allocated seats)

  • NUPES: 13 (+5)

  • Groups: 2 (-5)

  • UDC: 1 (-1)

  • Unknown: 1

Macron casts his vote in the general elections in France.

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France election: Macron appeals to compatriots

++ Update from Sunday, June 19, 7:28 a.m .:

At the end of the election campaign for the parliamentary elections in France, President Emmanuel Macron once again appealed to his compatriots.

A divided government would throw France into chaos.

In the run-up to the election, Macron said that he and his cabinet would need a “strong majority” in the spirit of a “higher national interest”.

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The new left-wing alliance called NUPES, led by Jean-Luc Melenchon, of course, sees things very differently.

Melenchon ridiculed Macron's appearance as a "PR stunt" reminiscent of former US President Donald Trump.

NUPES hopes to force the president and his government into a "cohabitation," a power-sharing, by winning the general election in France.

poll

Parliamentary elections in France

Date of the second ballot

June 19, 2022

voting system

majority voting

Mandates to be awarded

577

Absolute majority

289 seats

Opening times of the polling stations

8 a.m. to 6 p.m., in some cities until 8 p.m

When are extrapolations made?

From 8 p.m

France election live: Macron alliance under pressure

Update from Saturday, June 18, 8:35 p.m .:

In France, the parliamentary elections on Sunday will enter the decisive second round.

Shortly after President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected for a second term, the French are electing a new parliament.

From 8 a.m. the approximately 48.9 million registered voters can cast their votes.

For Macron, it's about securing a parliamentary majority again.

After the first round of voting, it did not seem certain that the presidential camp would be able to maintain its absolute majority in parliament.

Above all, the new left-wing alliance of the Left Party, Socialists, Greens and Communists, led by left-wing politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon, can hope for significantly more seats in Parliament.

Should the president's center camp achieve only a relative majority, the president and government would be forced to seek support from the other camps.

France election live: first polling stations open

Update from Saturday, June 18, 2:50 p.m .:

The second round of the French parliamentary elections officially started with the opening of the three polling stations on the French archipelago of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon off the east coast of Canada.

While people on the French mainland traditionally only go to the polls on Sunday morning, due to the time difference in the overseas territories, voting on the distribution of seats in the 577-seat National Assembly can take place earlier.

Update from Friday, June 17, 4:55 p.m .:

Ministers in France are not allowed to be members of the National Assembly at the same time.

Nevertheless, many recently appointed ministers use the parliamentary elections to have themselves confirmed in office.

Among them is the Deputy Minister for Europe, Clément Beaune.

Known as “Monsieur Europe”, the long-serving Secretary of State for Europe is running for office in the seventh constituency in Paris.

Under a Sarkozy-era convention, members of the government who do not win a majority resign.

Fate also threatens Clément Beaune.

In the first round of the French election, "Monsieur Europe" was almost 5.6 percent behind lawyer and LGBTQ activist Caroline Mécary, who is running for the left-wing alliance NUPES.

Center-left Clément Beaune is dependent on Republican votes in the second round of the general election.

For Emmanuel Macron, Beaune's defeat would be a blow.

He has been working for the French President since Macron's time as Minister for Economic Affairs and was instrumental in his planned reforms of the European Union (EU).

France election: Macron alliance under pressure from the left

First report from Friday, June 17:

Paris – In the parliamentary elections in France, voters are faced with a directional decision.

Chaos threatens if he does not get a solid majority, Emmanuel Macron warned on Tuesday (June 14).

It is in the "interest of the nation" if his alliance ensemble wins the election.

In contrast to the presidential election, however, his warning did not refer to Marine Le Pen, but to the left-wing alliance NUPES.

France election: head-to-head race between Macron alliance and left-wing alliance NUPES

Alt-Leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon formed the alliance of various left-wing parties to have a chance in the French elections, which are based on the first-past-the-post system.

With success, as the first ballot of the parliamentary elections shows.

At 25.7 percent, NUPES is almost on par with the liberal alliance around Macron's Renaissance party (25.8).

According to the left - the left-wing alliance accuses the Ministry of the Interior of manipulation in the presentation of the results - they are even in first place with 26.8 percent because, among other things, votes from left-wing candidates in the overseas territories were not attributed to NUPES.

Due to the first-past-the-post system in the French election, the relative share of the votes for the distribution of seats and the question of who gets a majority in the National Assembly is irrelevant.

Instead, voters vote in 577 constituencies, each with a seat up for grabs.

Parliamentary elections in France: Macron allies go into the election with an advantage

Macron's Liberals are currently ahead.

In the first round of the general election, ensemble candidates received the most votes in 203 constituencies, while the left received the most votes in 195. Candidates from the Marine Le Pen-led Rassemblement National won the most votes in 110 constituencies.

In the second round of the French elections, only those candidates who received at least 12.5 percent of the votes in the first ballot will compete against each other.

Forecasts see the Macron Alliance in the lead: Ensemble is to receive between 255 and 295 seats.

An absolute majority (from 289 seats) is therefore in danger.

The Liberals would have to form coalitions in order to be able to implement their plans.

Because of the majority voting system, which is supposed to ensure clear majorities, coalitions are unusual in France.

France election: The results of the first round of the parliamentary elections at a glance

party/alliance

votes share |

constituencies

Ensemble!

25.75% |

203

NUPES

25.66% |

195

Rally National

18.68% |

110

Les Republicains

10.42% |

42

Other

19.5% |

27

France election: The influence of the left as an opposition to Macron is growing

Jean-Luc Mélenchon and NUPES are therefore missing their goal of being prime ministers after the parliamentary elections in France, according to an opinion research institute Odoxa, which has evaluated various forecasts, with 179 to 225 seats.

However, as the largest opposition faction, they will be able to put a lot of pressure on President Macron and his Liberals.

According to an Ifop survey, the left-wing alliance also knows that many French people are behind it: the most important demands of the left-wing alliance before the French elections convince the majority of those entitled to vote.

For Emmanuel Macron, governing is therefore not getting any easier.

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Source: merkur

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