CURTAIN CLOSED With this closure of candidacies in the 577 constituencies, the official campaign will be able to start on May 30, before the first round on June 12

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The official campaign will be able to start on May 30, before the first round on June 12. — Alain Jocard AFP

Candidatures for the legislative elections have been closed since Friday at 12:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. in the 577 constituencies of France, kicking off the the race to the National Assembly, the majority of which outgoing is given favorite. The official campaign will be able to start on May 30, before the first round on June 12.

The Interior Ministry is expected to unveil the full lists of candidates by constituency on Monday. Five years ago, there were 7,882 in stand for legislative elections, an average of nearly 14 per constituency and 1,300 more than five years earlier.

A newcomer to the French political landscape, the pre-party sidentiel LREM had then obtained the majority; absolute with its MoDem allies. Emmanuel Macron, reappointed to l’Elysée for five years, hopes to have a new majority; absolute to lead to; well its program and support its new government whose composition was unveiled Friday.

Confederations and alliances

The majority presidential election comes this time in the form of a « confederation » called Ensemble!, which brings together LREM and its Agir allies, the MoDem, the Radical Party and the new center-right formation Horizons launched by former Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. It invested 556 candidates.

Facing the macronist coalition, Marine Le Pen's National Rally (RN) is launching 569 candidates, but without agreement with Reconquête!, the party of polemicist Eric Zemmour (550 candidates), or Debout la France, that of sovereignist Nicolas Dupont -Aignan.

The left, on the other hand, is united. Under the aegis of Jean-Luc Mélenchon – who called the French to the “ elect Prime Minister » –, LFI, the PS, EELV and the PCF gathered under the banner of the New popular ecological and social union (Nupes) which invested 546 candidates.

As for the Republicans, rolled during the presidential election, they rely in particular on the local roots of their candidates to avoid a shipwreck that would jeopardize the very survival of the party.

< h2>Nupes in front of the majority

For the moment, polling institutes credit Nupes with around 28% of voting intentions in the first round, ahead of the majority. presidential (26%-27%, within the margin of error) and the RN (21.5%-23%). The voting method, majority to two rounds, however, gives a clear advantage to; LREM and its allies in number of seats in the future assembly, according to rare opinion polls, even if the low range is close to the 289 seats necessary for the majority. absolute.

Participation will be one of the challenges of these legislative elections, after the record abstention in the second round of 2017 (57.56%), i.e. less than one voter out of two who went to the polls. A low turnout in the June legislative elections would have an impact on the ballot, virtually eliminating any possibility of triangular, candidates must collect at least 12.5% ​​of registered voters, and not of voters, to qualify for the second round.