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France heads to polls in legislative elections

PoliticsFrance heads to polls in legislative elections

Paris (The Times Groupe)- French voters will elect their legislators on Sunday. Emmanuel Macron became the first French president to be re-elected in two decades. Macron Marine Le Pen

The first round of elections for the lower house of the government, the National Assembly, will take place on Sunday with the second round taking place one week later on June 19.

Macron faces stiff competition from a coalition of four opposition parties known as the New Ecological and Social Popular Union, or NUPES. Macron has a majority in his center-right party.

They are composed of the Socialist, Communist, EELV Greens, and France Unbowed parties.

There are 577 seats in the National Assembly. The four parties of NUPES agreed to support just one candidate for each of the seats: 100 Greens, 70 Socialists, 50 Communists, and 360 members of France Unbowed.

It is the party of Jean-Luc Melanchon, the MP who represents Marseille and who needs to be reelected.

The hope of being appointed prime minister is a part of his drive to victory — not too far-fetched since incumbent Elisabeth Borne must win her seat.

A sitting minister with a larger role in government, like Borne, must step down if he or she loses.

Melenchon’s alliance could become the next prime minister if Macron appoints him to bring the left into his circle if it wins a majority and Borne loses her seat.

Melenchon finished third in the presidential election in April, earning 21.95% of the vote behind far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

France’s capital and its various regions are rife with issues, whether it is fishing rights in the northwest, immigration issues in Calais in the north and the Mediterranean, or farming issues in the middle.

Consumers in and around larger cities are being affected by elevated gas prices and inflation.

The issue of the environment is very important to voters like Tristan, a technician working in theater production in Paris. He grew up in the suburbs, in the 10th district of Seine-Saint-Denis.

“I will vote this Sunday and next Sunday for Nadege Abomangoli. She used to work as a cleaner in hotels and is supported by NUPES, a party I hope will gain a large number of representatives and deputies because they carry the true, intelligent projects of society, including ecological measures that are absolutely essential,” he said.

People who favor Macron and his way of governing and those who do not, feeling that he has accomplished little and that much of his presidency has been more posing than acting, are genuinely divided.

However, those who stand firmly on the president’s side feel an overwhelming need to pull together. That opposition, that dissent, is a good thing for the country.

“On Sunday, I’m going to vote for the candidate for Les Republicains. I’m not very optimistic about her chances to be elected but still I think it’s important to have an opposition in this country,” said Wali, who works in the life insurance industry in Paris. “I think President Macron will still do well for the future, for Europe.”

“For me, it’s very important to solve the problem of unemployment in this country and security too because there is a lot of insecurity in this country. For me, this is the most important,” he said.​​​​​​​

According to an IPSOS-Sopra-Sterio poll conducted Friday, Together!, which is a coalition of parties that support Macron–La Republique En Marche, MoDem and Horizons, is barely inching out the NUPES, in a 28% versus 27% contest.

Marine Le Pen’s National Rally is seizing 19.5% of the vote. france

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