Solène Leroux with AFP
9:17 p.m., June 12, 2022
Nearly 6,300 candidates were running for the 577 seats in the National Assembly. On the evening of the first round of the legislative elections, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) came out on top with 26.1% of the vote, closely followed by the Together! supporting Emmanuel Macron, at 25.4%, according to the first estimates of OpinionWay for CNews and Europe 1. The united left and the camp of President Macron arrive neck and neck, against a backdrop of record abstention (52.1 % to 52.8%), thus opening the game of the second round in a week.
No absolute majority for the president?
The Macronist coalition would obtain the most seats in the National Assembly at the end of the elections, but without certainty of obtaining the absolute majority of 289 seats, according to the first projections of the polling institutes. “The president’s party is able to have an absolute majority, if everyone will vote useful”, assured for his part the former Macronist minister Emmanuelle Wargon on Europe 1 and CNews.
The Republicans would be the third force in the National Assembly, with a minimum of 33 seats and a maximum of 80. The National Rally would get between 10 and 45 deputies, according to these first estimates, while the far-right party Reconquest! would have between none and a maximum of three deputies.
If Emmanuel Macron only obtained a relative majority, he would be forced to deal with the other parliamentary groups to have his laws approved. If, in the least likely scenario, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s Nupes won an absolute majority, Emmanuel Macron would be deprived of practically all his powers.
Borne judges Together! is “the only political force capable of obtaining a majority” in the Assembly
“I believe that this second round will be an anti-Macron referendum, and that there are many people who do not want to give him full powers”, declared on CNews and Europe 1 Julie Garnier, regional councilor for Île- of France.
“The presidential party is beaten and defeated”, reacts Mélenchon
“The presidential party is defeated,” said Sunday Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of France Insoumise and the union of the left (Nupes), calling on his troops to “surge” in the second round of legislative elections. “The Nupes comes first, it will be present in more than 500 constituencies in the second round”, and “for the first time in the Fifth Republic a newly elected president fails to gather a majority in the legislative election which follows”, he added alongside other leaders of the union of the left gathered in Paris.
Manuel Bompard (LFI) for his part estimated on Twitter that Nupes would be present in the second round “in more than 500 constituencies”.
This evening, despite the abstention, the #NUPES is the leading political force in the country. We will be in the 2nd round in more than 500 constituencies.
—Manuel Bompard (@mbompard) June 12, 2022
Marine Le Pen considers “possible to send a very large group” to the Assembly
The National Rally candidates (18.5% to 19.8%) failed to capitalize on the dynamics of Marine Le Pen in the presidential election, who had garnered more than 40% of the votes in the second round. Confined to eight elected in 2017, the contingent of RN deputies should however be much larger this time. The presidential runner-up asked voters in her Pas-de-Calais constituency on Sunday to confirm her score in the second round of the legislative elections, and deemed it possible to send “a very large group” from the National Rally to the Assembly. national.
“The voters of the 11th constituency of Pas-de-Calais placed me with 55% of the vote”, welcomed the candidate during a speech in Hénin-Beaumont, calling on “all (her) voters to confirm and amplify their vote” where RN candidates will be qualified for the second round, in order “to send a very large group of patriotic deputies to the new National Assembly”.
Jean-Michel Blanquer eliminated in the first round in Loiret
The former Minister of National Education Jean-Michel Blanquer (LREM) was eliminated on Sunday in the first round of legislative elections in the 4th constituency of Loiret, according to final results.
Jean-Michel Blanquer came in third position with 18.89% of the vote, behind Bruno Nottin, candidate of the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (19.43%) and Thomas Ménagé, of the National Rally, who came first with 31 .45%.
The LR will no longer be the first opposition group
In the wake of the heavy fall of its candidate Valérie Pécresse in the presidential election, Les Républicains (12.5%) should lose its place as the leading opposition group in the National Assembly.