French parliamentary elections

A 'red rag' to voters: why some of Macron's MP candidates are dropping his campaign photo


Candidates standing for Emmanuel Macron's La République en Marche (LREM) party in the 2017 Parliamentary elections could not get enough of the newly-elected president's name and image on their campaign literature. It is a very different story in this year's Parliamentary elections, which are to be held over two rounds on June 12th and June 19th. A number of candidates for the ruling party and its allies have decided to campaign under their own own name rather than that of the recently re-elected president. Some candidates facing a tough battle against the Left or far-right look upon campaign photos of Macron as a “red rag” to disgruntled voters. Ellen Salvi reports.

French MP candidates forced to stand down following assault allegations

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Among them is Jérôme Peyrat, a candidate for President Emmanuel Macron's LREM party who was found guilty of violence against his former partner.

French elect a socialist MP for South Kensington

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French expatriats, who have 11 regional constituencies, elected a socialist for that which covers the very French London borough of South Kensington.

French Socialist Party wins absolute majority in parliament


The French Socialist Party has gained an absolute majority in the National Assembly, with between 312 and 326 seats out of a total 577, according to exit poll results of voting in the second and final round of nationwide parliamentary elections on Sunday.  The estimates, released after voting ended at 8p.m., also gave the far-right Front National up to four seats, and with two confirmed early Sunday evening it was the party’s first return to parliament in almost 25 years. The conservative UMP Party and its centre-right allies were credited with between 212 and 234 seats, the Green EELV party between 18 and 24 and the radical-left Front de Gauche with between 9 and 11. The turnout rate was estimated at a record low, at 56%. Graham Tearse reports.

French Left stay on course to capture parliamentary majority

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Latest opinion surveys show French Left capturing a clear majority in the National Assembly in this Sunday's final-round parliamentary election vote.

Hollande rocked by a tweeted battle between his first and second ladies


After what appeared to be a remarkably successful first month, the presidency of newly-elected François Hollande was this week rocked by its first crisis, and one which came from the least expected quarter. For, just days before France goes to the polls in the final round of voting in the two-round parliamentary elections in which the Left hopes to win its first majority in ten years, Valérie Trierweiler, French ‘First Lady’ but who refutes the term, embarassed the Socialist Party with a public attack via Twitter against a consituency bid by the president’s former companion Ségolène Royal. The unseemly controversy may have dented the party's chances of gaining an absolute parliamentary majority on its own in the June 17th polling, and raises further questions about the ambiguous role played by Trierweiler. Valentine Oberti and Lénaïg Bredoux report.

First round votes counted, where they stand, where they might fall


While the results of the first round of the French parliamentary elections leave the broad Left in position to gain control of parliament, it will only be after the votes are cast in the final poll next Sunday that the real balance of power between the parties will become clear. Mediapart presents a simple rundown of the political map to emerge from first-round voting on Sunday, a count of those already elected outright, and the cliff-hanger contests to be played out on June 17th.

French Left en route for parliamentary majority


The French Left appeared set to win its first majority in the country’s National Assembly after ten years of uninterrupted conservative rule, gaining a 46.77% share of votes against 34.07%  for the mainstream Right after the first round of parliamentary elections held this Sunday, according to official figures released by the interior ministry. The French far-right Front National garnered 13.6%. It remained unclear, ahead of the second and final round of voting next Sunday, whether newly-elected President François Hollande's Socialist Party can obtain an absolute majority on its own. Graham Tearse reports.

The French parliamentary elections: what's at stake, how they work


The final result of the two-round French parliamentary elections will be crucial for the programme of economic and social reforms pledged by newly-elected socialist President François Hollande, and also for his influencing of European economic management. Graham Tearse explains how the two-round system works, what is at stake and the political drama that lies ahead.

French Far Right face winning no seats in parliamentary elections

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Marine Le Pen's far-right Front National party may gain no seats in parliament despite garnering 6.4 million votes in her failed bid to become president.

Hollande government in limbo before parliamentary elections

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The two-round French parliamentary elections begin Sunday, with President Hollande's Socialist Party uncertain of gaining an absolute majority.

The high-risk stakes behind the battle for Hénin-Beaumont

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The BBC reports from Hénin-Beaumont where France's Far Right and Radical Left leaders are locked into winner-takes-all parliamentary election battle.

French Right head for parliamentary elections amid split over party leadership

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France's mainstream Right head for parliamentary elections amid a fratricidal battle for control of former president Nicolas Sarkozy's UMP party.