Legislative elections: the French have started voting for a historic second round

Legislative elections: the French have started voting for a historic second round
Legislative elections: the French have started voting for a historic second round

That’s it! In metropolitan France, polling stations opened on Sunday, July 7, at 8 a.m., for the second round of the legislative elections. The National Rally (RN) could emerge victorious from this historic election, without necessarily obtaining an absolute majority and being able to form a government.

The French can vote until 6pm, and until 8pm in major cities. This is when the first results of the second round should emerge. For now, the turnout is expected to be strong: participation could reach 68%, according to Ifop for Le Figaro, LCI and Sud Radio.

Disclaimers. Early this morning, Edouard Philippe, former Prime Minister and Mayor of Le Havre, voted, reports Le Figaro. Between the two rounds, he had indicated that he would vote for the “communist candidate”, Jean-Paul Lecoq, in order to block the RN. In Ile-de-France, in the 7th constituency of Seine-Saint-Denis, the outgoing MP and member of France Insoumise (LFI) Alexis Corbière voted in Bagnolet. There, he faces, in a fratricidal duel, an LFI candidate, supported by the New Popular Front (NFP).

During the campaign between the two rounds, many candidates from Ensemble or the NFP withdrew in order to form a “republican front” against the prospect of seeing the president of the RN, Jordan Bardella, and his party arrive at Matignon. In total, 130 NFP candidates and 80 Ensemble candidates withdrew between Sunday, June 30 and Tuesday, July 2. According to the Ipsos polling institute, this maneuver reduced the number of three-way races from 306 to 89.

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