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The alliance of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, Together!, won the legislative elections, but suffered a sharp fall and was far from revalidating its absolute majority in the National Assembly in the second round of parliamentary elections this Sunday (06.19.2022) , according to the vote projections of three demographic companies.
The formations that now make up ¡Juntos!, which had achieved 350 seats in 2017, would remain with between 205 and 250 deputies, according to these projections. Meanwhile, the new leftist alliance Nueva Unión Popular Ecológica y Sociales (Nupes) would become the main opposition force, with between 149 and 190 deputies. However, it is far from winning and imposing its leader, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, as prime minister.
For its part, the far-right National Group of Marine Le Pen would make a strong jump from 8 deputies in 2017 to 75-100 this time. This will allow it to form its own parliamentary group for the first time since 1986, gaining political weight. “It’s a tsunami. I want to thank the French who have mobilized and brought about a sea blue wave. We start working tomorrow morning”, said the president of the National Association, Jordan Bardella.
Le Pen, meanwhile, called for uniting the “patriots” of the extreme right and extreme left.
will have to negotiate
The other great party at the national level, the conservative Republicans (LR), falls from 130 to 60-78, but can become key to governability if its deputies and those of Macron reach or exceed the 289 that establish the absolute majority. , something that seems quite likely. Until now, the Gallic ruling party was used to approving its laws without the need to enter into negotiations.
Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne would have been elected with 52 percent of the vote in her Normandy constituency. Borne had never stood for election before. Other members of the Government of the 15 who participated in these elections are at serious risk of not winning a seat, which would make them leave the Executive, since Macron had anticipated that whoever did not win his seat would leave the government.
The vote closes a crucial election cycle for France’s course over the next five years. The next electoral appointment will be the elections to the European Parliament in 2024, two years in which the parties will be able to settle the ongoing recomposition.