Opening of polling stations for the French legislative elections

Voting began in France for the first round of legislative elections on Sunday. Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT), after voters in overseas territories cast ballots earlier in the weekend.

The first round concerns the 577 seats of the lower house of the National Assembly. This is a two-round process and the second round will begin on June 19. These elections will determine the future of the country for the next 5 years.

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Nupes, an alliance of left-wing parties, made up of La France Insoumise, Socialist, Green and Communist parties, is expected to issue a serious challenge to President Emmanuel Macron’s Ensemble alliance.

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Projections show that Macron and his allies, including the new party of his former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, could miss a majority of 289 by as much as 40 seats.

Some 14 of Macron’s ministers are in local races and could lose their jobs if they don’t win a seat.

On the other hand, Marine Le Pen, leader of the right, could win a seat in her northern constituency in the first round, by winning more than 50% of the vote.

(with agency contributions)

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