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President Emmanuel Macron’s camp and the left-wing Nupes alliance came out on top in the vote of French people living abroad and will compete in 9 of the 11 constituencies, according to the final results of the first round of legislative elections published on Monday.
Together!, the coalition led by the party of the presidential majority, came first in eight of the 11 constituencies of French people living abroad, against two for the New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes), according to the final results of the first tour of the legislative published Monday, June 6.
Notable exception: the elimination in the first round of the former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who had been announced on Sunday evening his defeat in the fifth constituency of the French abroad, which includes Spain, Portugal, Monaco and Andorra. “If dissent and division have sown confusion, I cannot ignore my score and the fact that my candidacy did not convince”, declared the former head of government on Twitter. “It is up to me lucidly to draw the consequences,” he added, before calling for a blockage in the second round of the Nupes candidate, Renaud Le Berre, who came out on top ahead of the outgoing deputy and dissident candidate of the majority, Stéphane Vojetta.
Nupes also came out on top in the ninth constituency, which covers the Maghreb and West Africa, with diplomat Karim Ben Cheikh. The left alliance also managed to take second place almost everywhere, with the exception of the eighth constituency around the Mediterranean, including Italy and Israel, where outgoing UDI MP Meyer Habib came out on top.
In the first constituency (North America), Roland Lescure, outgoing Macronist deputy, came out on top, but he was closely followed by the Nupes candidate, Florence Roger.
In the sixth constituency (Switzerland), outgoing deputy Joachim Son-Forget, elected in 2017 for La République en Marche before flirting with the far right, was eliminated, in favor of Marc Ferracci, an economist close to Emmanuel Macron.
The Polynesians, who voted on Saturday, also placed in the lead the candidates invested by the presidential majority in the first (Nicole Bouteau, 41.9%) and second constituencies (Tepuaraurii Teriitahi, 33.2%). In the third, however, it was the outgoing Moetai Brotherson, who sat with the Communists in the Assembly, who came out on top (34.2%), two points ahead of the Macronist candidate.
Strong abstention expected
The second round for French people living abroad, who voted a week before voters residing on national territory, would be held on June 18 and 19. This year, voters seem to have mobilized more than in 2017 (19.1%), while a record abstention is expected at the national level for a first round of legislative elections (52 or 53% according to the polls) , which will take place on June 12 in mainland France.
The abstention of young people and the working classes could benefit the current majority, which is based on an older and more affluent electorate than that of the National Rally or the Nupes, indicated specialists. But “the concern is there” among the macronists, explained Sunday evening on LCI the pollster Frédéric Dabi (Ifop) because “there were hypotheses which would give relative majorities” to the camp of Emmanuel Macron, under the absolute majority of 289 seats.
The unprecedented union of the lefts led by the camp of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, which has established itself as the main actor of the French left during the presidential election, aims to impose cohabitation on Emmanuel Macron.
On the far right, Marine Le Pen assured Sunday in Pas-de-Calais that there was “still time to prevent Macron from having all the powers” and “overcome the curse of an unfair voting system. , which succeeds in place a worm-eaten system”.
With AFP and Reuters