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Macron Party, Left-Wing Bloc Neck And Neck In First Round Of Legislative Election


President Emmanuel Macron's Ensemble alliance and Jean-Luc Melenchon's NUPES bloc are neck-and-neck in the first round of France's legislative election, preliminary results showed.

  • Estimates by Ipsos put Nupes on 25.6%, narrowly ahead Ensemble on 25.2%, as the left-wing alliance performed better than expected and looks to increase its presence in parliament. Ifop puts both blocs on 25.9%. Projections suggest that Ensemble is set to clinch the most seats after the second round but its absolute majority in the National Assembly is at risk.
  • Ipsos' Mathieu Doiret told France24 that the election "confirms the fact that Ensemble (Macron's coalition) is now the centre-right" and "Should Macron's coalition fail to win an outright majority, an alliance with the rump of the Republicains is the most likely outcome."
  • French MPs are elected in 577 single-member constituencies. If no candidate in a given constituency receives an absolute majority of votes and wins the backing of at least 25% of eligible voters, candidates picked by at least 12.5% of eligible voters proceed to the second round. The run-off is slated for next Sunday (June 19).

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