July 7, 2022

Low turnout overshadowed the French parliamentary elections

Low turnout overshadowed the French parliamentary elections


Just weeks after his re-election, French President Emmanuel Macron The centrist coalition faction risks losing its absolute majority in parliament, after early results in Sunday’s legislative elections showed it teetering with the left-wing coalition, the New Populist Ecological and Social Union (NUPES).

Based on 90 percent of the total votes counted Sunday evening, Ensemble has 25.37 percent (5.1 million votes), while the pan-left NUPES led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon has so far collected 24.31 percent (4.9 million votes), results partial. Shown from the French Ministry of the Interior.

A second round of voting is scheduled for June 19. If the group then fails the 289th limit of an absolute majority – which pollsters expect, Macron will become the first French president to rule the country who has not won a parliamentary majority since. Electoral reform of 2000.

“The reality is that the presidential party, after the first round, is battered and defeated,” Melenchon claimed Sunday after early predictions were announced.

Sunday’s vote was clouded by a drop in enthusiasm, with turnout expected to be 47 percent according to Interior Ministry data – the lowest in the first round of parliamentary elections since 1958, when the current French Fifth Republic was created.

Partial results from the Interior Ministry also indicated that the far-right National Rally and the founding right-wing Republican Party were lagging behind at 19.9 percent and 10.58 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, right-wing political commentator Eric Zemmour – his new far-right party Reconquest! He received less than 5% of the vote in the early results – he did not qualify for the next round of voting for the parliamentary seat he had targeted.

Parliamentary elections in France operate on a two-round system, just like presidential elections. If no one wins more than half of the vote in the first round, all candidates who receive at least 12.5 percent of registered voters are eligible for a second round.

The Elysee announced in May that government ministers who were defeated in parliamentary elections would have to resign from their ministerial posts.

Among the 15 ministerial-level officials running for election, there are several at risk of losing including Clément Bonn, the Minister Plenipotentiary for Europe who has been prominent in France’s response to the Ukraine crisis.