May election will be LREM’s first big test

EU elections in France on May 26 will be the first big test for President Macron’s La Répu­blique en Marche (LREM) party since he was elected in 2017.

It will also be a test for his pro-EU views. Unlike other French elections, EU ones have only one round.


Changes in France

Instead of eight regional constituencies, this year there is just a single “national constituency”. It means voters choose from a candidates list based on political preference.

The change was voted through by parliament last year. At the time, it was criticised by MPs from the right-wing Les Républicains (LR) party. They said it was done to benefit LREM as it lacked strong list leaders for all eight constituencies.

They said it will make MEPs more distant from territories.

If people want to contact an MEP about an issue they ...

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