High abstention is registered in legislative elections in France

The second round of the legislative elections in France takes place this Sunday to decide the absolute majority of the National Assembly with which President Emmanuel Macron will deal and with a level of participation that does not exceed 38 percent at 5:00 p.m. local time, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior.


Election result in France disfavors President Macron

During the first round held last Sunday, with an abstention rate of 52.49 percent, the alliance led by Macron La República en Marcha (Ensemble) reached 25.75 percent of the votes.

However, it was followed by the left-wing New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, which obtained 25.66 percent of the vote.

However, the current Prime Minister of France, Elisabeth Borne, showed an optimistic position by stating that: “We are the only political force capable of obtaining a majority in the National Assembly.”

At the same time, Borne urged to vote against the extremes while stating that: “In the face of extremes, only we carry out a project of coherence, clarity and responsibility.”

The reform projects promoted by the Galen president require a majority in parliament, which is threatened by the leftist alliance that must obtain between 140 and 210 seats according to the polls.

In this sense, Ensemble is predicted to have approximately between 255 and 305 deputies, which threatens the 289 necessary for an absolute majority and is obviously lower than the 308 seats achieved in 2017.

Low involvement

The participation rate this Sunday was 38.11 percent at 5:00 p.m. local (UTC), which means a particularly low rate, but without reaching the record of the previous elections five years ago, when it barely exceeded 35 percent .

The Ministry of the Interior, when making this data public, indicated in a statement that this 38.11 percent is less than the 39.42 percent of the same time last Sunday in the first round of the legislative elections.

However, it exceeds the 35.33 percent that there was at 5:00 p.m. in the second round of the 2017 legislative elections, when the movement of the current president Emmanuel Macron was also imposed.

In 2017, abstention reached 57.36 percent.

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