Will President Emmanuel Macron’s coalition retain its absolute majority in the National Assembly? The French will decide this Sunday, June 19 in the second round of legislative elections. Given the results of the first round and the latest polls, the ballot could be very tight. Winning outing with 25.8% of the votes this Sunday, June 12, the presidential coalition (Together!) is once again at the top of the voting intentions, in the latest polls. But Nupes (25.7% in the first round) led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon is hot on its heels, casting doubt on the outcome of the ballot.
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12:00 p.m.: 18.99% turnout at 12:00 p.m., up slightly from the first round
The participation in the second round of the legislative elections reached 18.99% Sunday at noon according to the Ministry of the Interior, a figure very slightly up (0.56%) compared to the first round, a week ago, where it stood at 18.43%.
It is also up compared to the second round of the 2017 legislative elections where it reached 17.75% at noon. On the other hand, it is down compared to the second round of the presidential election on April 24 (26.41%).
The French also turned out more at the polls in the legislative elections of 2012 (21.41%), 2007 (22.89%) and 2002 (20.79%).
As in the first round, Lot is the department that voted the most at noon (29.05%), ahead of Corrèze (28.50) and Dordogne (28.36%).
The lowest turnout was once again recorded in Seine-Saint-Denis with 8.88%.
11:37 am: Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne voted in Calvados
Newly appointed to the post of Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne also cast her ballot at a polling station in the 6th district of Calvados, where she is a candidate under the Together! banner.
In the first round, the former Minister of Labor came out on top, with 34.32% of the vote.
11:16 am: Jean-Luc Mélenchon voted in Marseille
The Insoumis Jean-Luc Mélenchon, at the head of the alliance of the left Nupes, also voted in Marseille this Sunday at the end of the morning. In the first round, the Nupes had finished in second position, neck and neck with the presidential coalition of Emmanuel Macron (Together!).
11:09 am: Marine Le Pen votes in Hénin-Beaumont
The finalist in the presidential election, Marine Le Pen (RN), also voted this Sunday at the end of the morning. The far-right figurehead went to a polling station in Hénin-Beaumont (North).
11:00 am: Valérie Pécresse voted in Yvelines
The Republican presidential candidate, Valérie Pécresse, voted for the second round of legislative elections in Vélizy-Villacoublay (Yvelines). In the first round, LR came in fourth position, behind the presidential coalition of Emmanuel Macron (Together!), the New Popular Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) and the National Rally (RN) of Marine Le Pen.
9:10 am: The Minister for the Ecological Transition, Amélie de Montchalin, voted
Amélie de Montchalin, newly appointed head of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, voted this Sunday morning in Ormoy-la-Rivière (Essonne). Amélie de Montchalin is a candidate for re-election in the 6th constituency of Essonne and faces the socialist deputy, supported by Nupes, Jérôme Guedj. In the event of a defeat in the second round, the minister would be forced to resign.
9:02 am: Will abstention still break records?
One of the great unknowns of this Sunday’s election, in addition to the number of seats won by the various coalitions, is the abstention rate. Already historically high last Sunday during the first round (52.5%), abstention could well swell a little more this Sunday during the second round.
However, according to several projections, the 2017 record, when 57% of voters shunned the ballot box, should not be beaten.
8:38 am: Edouard Philippe voted in Le Havre
The former French Prime Minister and current mayor of Le Havre, Edouard Philippe, voted this Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
“Voted! Thank you to the thousands of citizens mobilized today to ensure the smooth running of the elections”he commented on Twitter.
8:00 a.m.: Polling stations open in mainland France
Polling stations opened on Sunday at 8 a.m. in mainland France for the second round of the legislative elections where 48.7 million voters are called upon to elect their deputies and give or not a majority to President Emmanuel Macron in the Assembly.
Offices will close at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in major cities.
04h22: The Secretary of State in charge of the sea, Justine Benin, beaten in Guadeloupe
The Secretary of State in charge of the sea, Justine Benin, was beaten on Saturday in the second round of the legislative elections in the 2nd constituency of Guadeloupe, with 41.35% of the votes behind Christian Baptiste (DVG) elected with 58.65% of the votes. , announced the prefecture of Guadeloupe in a press release. Ms. Benin was playing her position in the government during this election. The executive had recalled before the vote that in the event of failure in the legislative elections the minister candidate should leave the government in accordance with an unwritten rule but already applied in 2017 by Mr. Macron.
The participation rate in Guadeloupe is 28.23%, down from 2017 (30.65%), said the prefecture.
In the 1st constituency, the candidate supported by LFI, Olivier Serva (ex-LREM) was elected with 74.04% of the vote.