French legislative elections clouded by low turnout

Based on 90% of the total votes counted on Sunday evening, Ensemble garnered 25.37% (5.1 million votes), while the pan-left NUPES led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon has so far garnered 24 .31% (4.9 million votes), partial results of the French Interior Ministry showed.

A second round of voting is scheduled for June 19. If after that, Ensemble fails to reach the 289 threshold for an outright majority – which leading pollsters are eyeing as a possibility, Macron will become the first reigning French president not to win a parliamentary majority. since the electoral reform of 2000.

“The truth is that the presidential party, after the first round, is beaten and beaten,” Mélenchon said on Sunday after the announcement of the first projections.

Sunday’s vote was clouded by low voter enthusiasm, with turnout projected at 47% according to Home Office data – the lowest for the first round of parliamentary elections since 1958, when the current Fifth French Republic was established.

Partial results from the Interior Ministry also indicated that the far-right National Rally and the established right-wing Les Républicains and its allies trailed behind, with 19.9% ​​and 10.58% respectively. Meanwhile, right-wing political commentator Éric Zemmour, whose new far-right party Reconquête! had received less than 5% of the vote in the first results – did not qualify for the next round of voting for the parliamentary seat he had targeted.

Like the presidential election, legislative elections in France operate according to a two-round system. If no one wins more than half of the votes in the first round, all candidates with at least 12.5% ​​of registered voters qualify for a second round.

The Élysée announced in May that government ministers defeated in legislative elections will have to resign from their ministerial positions.

Among the 15 ministerial officials standing for election, several are likely to lose, including Clément Beaune, Minister Delegate for Europe who played a leading role in France’s response to the Ukrainian crisis.


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