French President Emmanuel Macron’s alliance, Ensemble, suffered a sharp fall and was far from revalidating its absolute majority in the National Assembly of France in the second round of the legislative elections this Sunday, according to vote projections.
The formations that now make up Ensemble, which had achieved 350 seats in 2017, would remain with between 205 and 250 deputies, according to these projections, cited by the agency EFE.
Meanwhile, the new left-wing alliance Nupes, led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, would become the main opposition force, with between 149 and 190 deputies, while Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Regroupment (RN) would make a strong leap from the 8 deputies from 2017 to be in the range of 75 to 100 this time.
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The other great party, the conservative Republicans (LR), falls from 130 to 60-78, but it can become a key to governability if its deputies and those of Macron reach or exceed the 289 that establish the absolute majority, something that , according to an EFE review, seems quite likely.
The final results will be decisive for the French political board and could lead to a network of alliances and blockades in parliament that could complicate Macron’s new mandate and even give Mélenchon the appointment of prime minister.
The now Prime Minister, Élisabeth Borne, would have been elected with 52% of the votes in her Normandy constituency. Borne had never stood for election before.
Other members of the Government of the 15 who participated in these elections are at serious risk of not winning a seat, which would make them leave the Executive.
As for abstention, according to projections, this is around 54%, one and a half points more than in the first round, last Sunday, but 3.4 points less than in the second round of 2017.
(With information from EFE and El País)