Legislative in France: participation rises slightly at noon

The bottom line

  • A little more than 48 million French are called to the polls for the second round of legislative elections.
  • Recent polls suggest that the centrist coalition Together!should prevail, but without the certainty of obtaining the absolute majority of 289 deputies (out of 577).

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  • In the first round, the outgoing majority arrived at elbow-to-elbow around 26% of the vote with the left-wing Nupes alliance of the tribune Jean-Luc Mélenchon. they Marine Le Pen National Rally (RN) hopes to form a group in the National Assembly.

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12:42 – Youngest elected MP in Polynesia

He is the youngest elected member of the National Assembly for the History of the Fifth Republic. At the age of 21, pro-independence activist Tematai Legayic was elected in the 1st constituency of French Polynesia, where voting took place on Saturday. He defeated former Tourism Minister Nicole Bouteau.

The Tavani party, winner of this election, is backed by the Nupes. He gets 50.88% of the votes cast, compared to 49.12% for Nicole Bouteau, according to the Interior Ministry. An unexpected victory for the young candidate, who was more than 20 points behind his opponent in the first round.

12:02 pm – Rising turnout

Turnout in the second round of the French legislative elections reached 18.99% on Sunday at 12 noon, according to the Ministry of the Interior, a very slight increase (0.56%) compared to the first round a week ago when it was established at 18.43%.

It is also up from the second round of the 2017 legislature where it reached 17.75% at noon. On the other hand, it is down from the second round of the presidential election on April 24 (26.41%).

# Elections2022 l Turnout at 12 noon for the 2nd round of elections # legislative2022 in metropolitan France: 18.99%. pic.twitter.com/Uh2oC6F6DZ

– Ministry of the Interior 🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@Interieur_Gouv) June 19, 2022

8am – Voting begins in the metropolis

Polling stations open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. (8 p.m. in major cities). The first estimates are expected at 8 p.m.

Mobilization is a key issue in this hot weekend. More than one in two voters (52.5%) abstained in the first round. And in 2017 the French had deserted the polls even more in the second round than in the first, with 57.4% abstaining, a record since 1958.

4am – Secretary of State Justin Benin beaten in Guadeloupe

One day before the metropolis, overseas voters opened the ball by going to the polls on Saturday, as well as some French people from abroad, especially in North America.

In Guadeloupe, the Secretary of State for the Sea, Justine Benin, who was running for office, was defeated in the 2nd constituency, with 41.35% of the vote behind Christian Baptiste (DVG) elected with 58.65 % of the vote, announced the prefecture of Guadeloupe.

She was running for government in this election. The executive had reminded in advance of the vote that in case of failure of the legislature, the candidate minister should leave the government in accordance with an unwritten rule but already applied in 2017 by Emmanuel Macron.


Some of our articles at the end of the first round …

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