France parliamentary elections first-round results set up-UPDATED

France parliamentary elections first-round results set up-UPDATED
# 13 June 2022 03:24 (UTC +04:00)

Results from the first round of France's parliamentary elections set up, said the Interior Ministry, APA reports.

In the first round, the presidential coalition "Ensemble!" and the coalition of leftist forces NUPES received almost the same number of votes - 25.7% and 25.6%.

In third place is Marin Le Pen's "Assemblée Nationale" Party with 18.7%

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Voting has ended in most of France in an election to decide whether Emmanuel Macron can continue governing with a majority in the National Assembly, APA reports citing BBC.

Turnout was set to be a historically low 47% in the first of two rounds.

The president's main challenge comes from a left-wing alliance under Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who has set the unlikely target of becoming prime minister.

Mr Macron won a second term in April, but without an Assembly majority he will struggle to push through reforms.

Polling stations closed in most of France at 18:00 (16:00 GMT), but voting was continuing in the biggest cities of Paris, Marseille, Lyon and Toulouse for two more hours.

Turnout for the first round was the lowest for more than 20 years, with 39.42% of France's 48.7 million voters casting ballots by 17:00. The main pollsters said it was set to be the lowest level in modern French history at around 47%.

Since coming a close third in the presidential election, Mr Mélenchon has built an alliance, called Nupes, made up of left-wing and green parties.

His group and Mr Macron's Ensemble (Together) coalition of centrist parties were neck and neck in the opinion polls, and a strong performance from the left could stop Mr Macron winning the 289 seats he needs for a majority across France's 577 constituencies.

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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED