Paris (The Times Groupe)- Following the first round of France’s general elections, exit polls indicate that French President Emmanuel Macron’s Ensemble (Together) may not win a majority in the National Assembly.
Exit polls by polling firm Ipsos-Sopra Steria as of 8:00 p.m. local time (1800GMT) showed that the Ensemble alliance could get between 255 and 295 deputies in the 577-seat National Assembly in the first round.
Macron’s La République En Marche! (LREM) party formed an alliance called Ensemble together with the Horizons and MoDem parties.
The left-wing parties – the Socialists, Greens, Communists, and France Unbowed – formed an alliance dubbed Nupes with the aim of winning an absolute majority of 289 seats and appointing Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of France Unbowed, as premier – could have between 150 and 190 lawmakers.
Nupes stands for Nouvelle Union Populaire Écologique et Sociale and challenges Macron’s centrist Ensemble alliance.
The number of deputies representing various right-wing parties in parliament, including the Republican Party (LR) and the Union of Democrats and Independents (UDI), would range from 50 to 80, and the far-right National Rally (RN) party could receive 20 to 45.
According to Ipsos-Sopra Steria, 52.3% of voters did not cast
The ensemble alliance is expected to get 275-310 seats in parliament, while Nupes is predicted to get 180-210 seats, according to an Ifop-Fiducial poll.
According to Ifop-Fiducial, the total number of deputies of right-wing parties, including LR and UDI, is 40-60, while RN is expected to receive 5-25 deputies.
Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen won 53.96% of the vote in Pas-de-Calais’ 11th district on Sunday, putting her in a strong position to win the second round next Sunday, where she faces Nupes candidate Marine Tondelier.
In the first round of the general elections, Eric Zemmour, another far-right candidate, was eliminated.
Macron needs an absolute majority in the general election in order to fulfill his election promises and form the government. french