Legislative elections in France: the second round promises to be intense this Sunday!

The second round of legislative elections will be held this Sunday, June 19, in France. The French outside metropolitan France, in territories such as the French West Indies in particular or residing abroad, have already voted this Saturday.

French President Emmanuel Macron stressed the need “for a truly European France that can speak with a clear and distinct voice”.

A French president who plays big during this second round of legislative elections. Opposition leaders have criticized his three-day trip to Eastern Europe in the middle of the campaign in the media, some denouncing a “communication operation” for electoral purposes.

“He considered that the legislative elections were a formality,” lamented the leader of the radical left, Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

Absolute or relative majority

The controversy took a turn all the more virulent as the president had dramatized the issue just before taking off on Tuesday, warning against “extreme” which would sow “disorder” in France.

The camp of President Macron (Together!) and the left alliance of Jean-Luc Mélenchon (Nupes) are engaged in a fierce battle.

The issue of the second round is whether two months after his re-election on April 24 for a second five-year term, the Head of State will have an absolute or simple majority in the National Assembly at the end of the ballot. Beyond that, Emmanuel Macron plays his plans for in-depth reforms of France, on pensions in particular.

For his part, Mr. Mélenchon, in third position in the presidential election, relies on the strong push from the left in the first round on June 12, arriving neck and neck with the camp of the presidential majority in number of votes. .

He has pulled off a political coup by bringing together socialists, communists, ecologists and his own movement, La France Insoumise, and cherishes the hope, if his alliance wins on Sunday, of becoming Prime Minister.

The polls do not guarantee an absolute majority of at least 289 seats for the Macron camp, like the latest study from the Elabe Institute published on Friday, which assigns it between 255 and 295 seats.

Another Ispos poll grants the outgoing majority between 265 and 305 seats. The result therefore remains uncertain. Everything will depend on the dynamics of the campaign, the abstention and the carryover of votes.

In the midst of a heat wave, abstention could once again be massive. In the first round of the ballot, one in two French people had already shunned the ballot box, a record.

“If you don’t cut out what you want, it will be a mess for months,” said Jean-Luc Mélenchon in particular, addressing young people, especially via social networks. Because, as in the first round, abstention promises to be massive again this Sunday.

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