Macron faces losing majority in parliament as left bloc rises

Macron faces losing majority in parliament as left bloc rises

Macron faces losing majority in parliament as left bloc rises

French President Emmanuel Macron may not win a majority in the French parliament as the first round of parliamentary elections reached a record 52.8 percent.

President Macron’s Block Ensemble! (Together!) estimated at 25.8 percent after the vote for the first round of the parliamentary elections ended on Sunday evening, according to forecasts from the firm Elabe.

The left-wing bloc, the New Ecological and Social People’s Union, or NUPES, polled slightly higher than Macron’s candidates at 26.2 percent, fueling speculation that Macron may not be able after the second round, due to take place next Sunday. to have a majority in the French parliament, France24 reports.

A total of 289 seats are needed to form a majority in the French parliament, and Macron’s Ensemble! could win between 225 and 310 seats after the second round of voting next week.

A loss of majority status could force President Macron to negotiate future legislation on a case-by-case basis as he needs the support of other parties to pass policy proposals.

“It is a very serious warning that has been sent to Emmanuel Macron,” said Brice Teinturier, a political scientist, adding: “A majority is far from certain.”

The far-left former presidential candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the NUPES bloc, commented on the initial results, saying: “The presidential majority has been defeated”, adding: “The truth is that the presidential party is defeated and defeated. “

“In view of this result, I call on our people to grow our personal lives and the destiny of the common homeland next Sunday,” Mélenchon said, adding that his bloc was “ready to rule”.

Populist Marine Le Pen, National Rally (RN) leader and runner-up in this year’s presidential election, came close to an outright win in her Henin-Beaumont race with 54 percent of the vote, but will have to advance to a runoff election because of the low voter turnout.

The low turnout for the election was not limited to Ms Le Pen’s race, as a record 52.8 percent of voters chose to abstain throughout the election.

Le Pen’s National Rally, which won just eight seats in the fewest national elections in 2017, is expected to increase her party’s presence in parliament this year to between 20 and 45 seats.

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