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Legislation in France: Macron and the united left neck and neck

Legislation in France: Macron and the united left neck and neck

We’ll have to wait for the second round, next Sunday, to see if Emmanuel Macron, who was re-elected on April 24 For a second five-year term, it may or may not retain an absolute majority and, thereafter, its ability to freely implement its reform policy.

Alliance together! It would combine between 275 and 310 seats according to the IFOP-Fiducial projection and 255 to 295 seats according to Ipsos, while an absolute majority is 289.

In the vote, Macron’s camp and the leftist coalition NUPES, affiliated with the radical left Jean-Luc Mélenchon, each received about 25% of the vote, according to these estimates.

A voter casts his vote at a polling station in Strasbourg during the first round of legislative elections.

Photo: Associated Press/Jean-Francois Badias

But more than one in every voter (between 52 and 53%, according to estimates) avoided the polls on Sunday, a new record that highlights the French’s lack of interest in a ballot now overshadowed by the presidential election.

The National Rally (RN), a far-right party led by Marine Le Pen, which reached the finals in the presidential election on April 24, comes in third place, just under 20% of the vote and well ahead of the traditional right, which should lose. The first position of an opposition group.

The party could be able to pass 20 deputies, for the first time since 1986, for the far-right, which would allow it to form a parliamentary bloc.

This is legislative And thus confirms the reshaping of the French political landscape on a large scale Committed to electing Mr Macron in 2017.

Having a majority that is not absolute but relative to the Assembly will complicate the course of the reforms that President Macron wants to make, especially with regard to pensions.

Mr Macron rallied at the end of the campaign, calling on the French to give him an award clear and strong majority.

stand as a fortress against extremiststhus targeting the radical left of Mr. Melenchon and the extreme right of Marine Le Pen, synonymous according to him with disturbance For France.

Jean-Luc Melenchon after the vote in Marseille, southern France

Photo: Associated Press/Daniel Cole

The executive has also insisted in recent weeks that he intends to vote in July on a set of purchasing power measures in order to counter inflation that is hitting household budgets and affecting business accounts.

In the event that the left led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon could win by an absolute majority, which would force an unprecedented coexistence of a president just re-elected, he would be deprived of almost all his powers in domestic politics.

A veteran of French political life, Mr. Melenchon has proven his main opponent by leading an unprecedented coalition of socialists, communists, environmentalists and his own movement (La France insoumise).

And he led the most active campaign, according to commentators, to turn this election into a third round from the presidency.

The left proposes an economic program that plans to inject 250 billion euros into the economy (compared to 267 billion euros in revenue), including 125 billion euros in aid, subsidies and wealth redistribution.

The elections are taking place in a climate of concern among the French about rising food and energy prices.

The final result of the legislative elections may, within a week, affect the composition of the executive branch formed on May 20, 15 of its members, including Prime Minister Elizabeth Burne, they are candidates. However, they would have to resign in case of defeat under an unwritten ruling but already implemented in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron.