June 12, 2022 22:14 GMT
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).