the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, urged his citizens on Tuesday to give him a “strong majority” on Sunday, during the second round of the legislative elections. The center-right president is virtually tied with the left-wing coalition, Nubes, led by Jean-Luc Mélanchon, leader of Francia Insumisa, with 25.4% versus 25.2%.
If the electorate does not alter this difference next Sunday, Macron would not obtain the parliamentary majority he has enjoyed so far and would be forced to call Mélanchon as prime minister.
Perhaps for this reason, Macron looked tense as he spoke before boarding a plane for a two-day visit to Romania and Moldova, the agency found. AP. “We need a strong majority,” she said several times.
The first round of the elections and the polls allow us to foresee that the ruling party and its allies will retain the largest number of seats in the National Assembly, but without reaching an absolute majority, for which Macron would have no other option than to form a coalition government. .
On the other hand, the president stressed that the war in ukraine it is causing global chaos, with sharp increases in energy prices and food shortages in some regions.
“In these difficult times, the decision that they will have to make this Sunday, June 19, is more crucial than ever,” he declared. “Nothing could be worse than adding a French upheaval to the world upheaval.”
“You have put the presidential majority at an advantage and I thank you deeply, but you have been even more numerous in expressing your doubts, your concerns, your fears, either by abstaining or by voting for other candidates (from other parties)” Macron acknowledged.
Turnout in the first round reached an all-time low, with less than half of the 48.7 million citizens voting.
Projections indicate that ruling party candidates will win more districts than their left-wing rivals, but will win far fewer seats than they did five years ago.