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The French voted this Sunday (06.12.2022) in the first round of legislative elections that must decide whether the centrist president Emmanuel Macron, re-elected six weeks ago, will have a new parliamentary majority to apply his program.
Polling stations opened at 08:00 local time in metropolitan France for most of the 48 million voters, who already began voting the day before in much of the overseas territories.
For the first time in 25 years, the main parties of the left – environmentalists, communists, socialists and France Insumisa (radical left) – decided to concur in a united front, led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
The 70-year-old political veteran, who was left at the gates of the presidential ballot with almost 22 percent of the vote, seeks his revenge in this “third round” and prevents Macron from applying his liberal program.
For the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes), led by Mélenchon, the French re-elected the centrist on April 24 not for his program, but to prevent his rival, the far-right Marine Le Pen, from coming to power.
The polls tie the centrist alliance Together! and to the front of the left in the first round, and the victory for the ruling party in the second round of June 19, but without an absolute majority -only relative- for Macron.
Abstention is announced as key, especially for the radical left and the extreme right, whose voters are more likely not to go to the polls. More than half of voters could abstain on Sunday, according to polls. (AFP)