President Emmanuel MacronFrom France, it must lose its absolute majority in the National Assembly, and therefore, to govern, it will have to negotiate with parties not joined in its coalition, according to the first predictions of a vote on the country’s legislature on Sunday. (19).
Emmanuel Macron casts his ballot in the legislative elections on Sunday (19) in Le Touquet, northern France (Photo: Michelle Spengler/Paul/AFP)
The French voted to decide whether to facilitate the centrist president’s second term A new absolute majority for the deputiesafter several months of the electoral marathon.
In total, 48.7 million French were entitled to vote, but it is very likely that the abstention rate would have exceeded 50%, as in the first round.
The result of the second round of legislative elections was decisive for Macron, who was re-elected on April 24 for another five years, so that he could implement his reform program of a liberal nature, such as raising the retirement age from 62 to 65.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the left in France, on June 19, 2022 – Photo: Eric Gillard/Reuters
The new Popular, Environmental and Social Union (Nupes) seat, the first left front in 25 years, which brings together the radical left, environmentalists, communists and socialists, must strengthen its presence in the legislature. Its leader is the veteran politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
The left classified the election as a “third round” of the presidential election, considering that the French voted for the center to prevent their far-right rival Marine Le Pen from coming to power, not for their ideas.
Its goal is to extract a majority from Macron and force him to nominate Mélenchon for prime minister. Thus, Nupes seeks to boycott the president’s program and implement his own program, such as raising the minimum wage to 1,500 euros net per month.
Emmanuel Macron speaks to other voters as he arrives to vote in the second phase of the French parliamentary elections (Photo: Ludovic Marin/AFP)
Sunday’s vote ends a crucial electoral cycle for France’s path in the next five years. The next elections for the European Parliament will be in 2024.
The arrival of the centrist Macron in 2017 shook France’s political council, which is now divided into three main blocs – the radical left, the center and the far right – leaving traditional government parties aside.
After the presidential election disaster, the Socialist Party has decided to join the Melenchon-led front, despite the discontent of its former leaders, and weak Republicans hope to hold the key to forming a majority with Macron in Parliament.
Le Pen’s far-right party has already moved forward in its desire to oppose the president fiercely, in doing so managing to form its own parliamentary grouping for the first time since 1986, according to opinion polls.
While negotiation is common in most democracies in the absence of a stable majority in parliament, the adoption of laws would be a headache for France’s ruling party.
At the final stage of the campaign, Macron’s coalition warned of chaos that would rule with a simple majority, and, above all, of the “risk” of the left front coming to power.
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