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Legislative in France: Mélenchon claims victory over presidential party "undone"

Legislative in France: Mélenchon claims victory over presidential party "undone"

The leader of the leftist Nupes coalition, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, claimed victory in the first round of the legislative elections this Sunday, considering that the presidential party was “dismantled” and calling for mobilization in the second round to build a “future of harmony”.

“At the end of this first round, Nupes is ahead: it will be present in more than 500 constituencies in the second round”, declared Jean-Luc Mélenchon, in the space “La Fabrique Événementielle”, where Nupes’ election night takes place, in the north of Paris, reacting to the first projections of the election results.

The leader of the coalition that brings together several leftist forces – namely Insubmissive France, the French Socialist Party, the French Communist Party and Europa Ecologia Os Verdes – considered that, in this first round, the presidential party “was defeated and undone”.

“For the first time in the Fifth Republic, a newly elected President cannot have an absolute majority in the legislative election that succeeds him”, he stressed.

Mélenchon thus appealed for the people to mobilize for the second round of the legislative elections, saying that the result of the first round creates an “extraordinary opportunity” for the “common destiny of the homeland”.

“Mobilize yourselves to open wide the doors of the future, a future for which so many generations before ours were mobilized. That future is a future of harmony between human beings, free from social, cultural and gender domination. It is a future of harmony between human beings and nature”, he underlined.

The first estimates of the first round of legislative elections in France give the left-wing coalition led by Jean-Luc Melénchon and the party of Emmanuel Macron with around 25% of the votes, with many duels in the second round.

Among the estimates made with the first results from the polling stations that closed at 18:00, since in the big cities they closed at 20:00 (19:00 in Lisbon), the study offices point to equality in the first round of the legislative elections, with about 25% of votes, a loss for Emmanuel Macron’s party.

Marine Le Pen’s National Union could be the third political force, reaching 20%.

In order to win in the first round, the winner must gather 50% of the votes representing at least 25% of the registered voters. When this does not happen, all candidates who have obtained votes equivalent to more than 12.5% ​​of those registered or the two candidates with the most votes go to the second round, which takes place on June 19.

Thus, tonight’s results will not completely define the configuration of the National Assembly in the next five years, as everything is played out in the second round of legislative elections, on June 19.

Nupes is an electoral coalition led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon that brings together several left-wing parties, sharing a common program and overcoming historical rivalries between radical left parties, such as Insubmissive France, and pro-European social-democratic parties, such as the French Socialist.

The current agreement came from the initiative of Insubmissive France, led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon who, in the first round of the presidential elections, on April 11, won 21.95% of the votes, making him the undisputed leader of the left in France.

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