The president of the French National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, a pillar of President Emmanuel Macron’s party, this Sunday acknowledged his defeat in the legislative elections, knife to the candidate of the left-wing alliance NUPES.
“I have just learned the results that indicate that the male and female voters of the 6th constituency of Finisterre [oeste] chose to elect my competitor”, the Speaker of Parliament told the media in a short statement.
The parliamentary head of the deputies of the presidential group, Christophe Castaner, was also in a difficult situation.
This could also be the case for several other ministers, including Clément Beaune (Europe) or Amélie de Montchalin (Ecological transition), engaged in close duels facing the left in the Paris region.
On the contrary, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne won her duel in Normandy.
French President Emmanuel Macron lost his absolute majority in parliament today, indicate the first projections that also indicate a strong rise of the far right.
If these results are confirmed, they would mean a major setback for the French President, who will be forced to look for alliances to implement his reform program over the next five years.
According to the first projections, the Ensemble! (Together!) the President will obtain between 200 and 260 seats, a far cry from the absolute majority of 289 deputies (out of a total of 557) in the National Assembly.
In turn, the left-wing alliance Nova União Popular Ecológica e Social (NUPES), led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has between 150 and 200 deputies, making it the first opposition group in Parliament, according to projections.
The far-right party Rassemblement National (National Union, RN), led by Marine Le Pen, guarantees between 60 and 100 deputies according to the same sources, which represents a considerable reinforcement of its parliamentary group.
Unsurprisingly, this poll, the fourth in two months after the presidential elections, registered an abstention rate between 53.5% and 54%, but without reaching the record of the second presidential round of 2017 (57.36%). The value is higher than that recorded in the first round, last Sunday.