This is an unusual situation. In April, France seemed on the verge of falling into the arms of the far right: Marine Le Pen was present in the second round of the presidential election after having seduced more than 13 million voters – something never seen before. We are now in May and many commentators are talking about a possible return of the left.
After the presidential election comes indeed the time of the legislative elections, and this time it is not Marine Le Pen but Jean-Luc Mélenchon who makes the headlines. The old left-wing activist wants to become Prime Minister. To do this, the left must obtain a majority in the new National Assembly. From extreme right to radical left in just six weeks, how is that possible? Or is it an illusion?
If we look at the polls, however, there is not much new. On June 12, for the first round, a small third of the voters will give their vote to a candidate supported by the President of the Republic; a small third will vote for a far-right candidate; and a final small third will turn to the left.
This is very similar to the scenario of the first round of the presidential election: Emmanuel Macron had obtained 28% of the votes; the two far-right candidates – Marine Le Pen and Éric Zem
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