President Emmanuel Macron’s coalition of parties came out just in front of the left-wing Nupes coalition during the first round of the legislative elections yesterday (Sunday, June 12).
Mr Macron’s candidates – representing the Ensemble coalition – gained 25.75% of first round votes, while Nupes had 25.66% and Rassemblement National was third with 18.68%.
Generally, Ensemble dominated in western France, especially in Brittany and Pays de la Loire, as well as around big cities such as Lyon and Bordeaux.
It also came out on top in western Ile-de-France, although Nupes candidates won out in the west of the capital region. The only exception to this trend was in Val-de-Marne’s eighth constituency where Les Républicains’ Michel Herbillon won 37.48% of the vote.
Nupes won in much of central and southern France, in the west of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and in the north of Occitanie.
Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National performed well in northern and northeastern France, as well as areas of the south east.
Ms Le Pen secured 53.96% of the vote in her Pas-de-Calais constituency, which would have been enough to see her reelected outright, were it not for the low turnout (42.6%).
To be elected in the first round, a candidate must have an absolute majority and represent more than 25% of the constituency’s electorate.
Les Républicains also emerged at the front of the race in some areas of the north and north east, although the party is expected to lose seats in the second round next Sunday (June 19).
Yesterday’s result also reflected a decline in the dominance of candidates affiliated with President Macron, when compared to the 2017 elections.
Ensemble candidates made it through to the second round in 417 out of 577 constituencies, coming first in half of them. However, it was not the same landslide as last time, when Mr Macron’s representatives gained 7% more of the vote and qualified in 100 more seats.
In 2017, La République en Marche and MoDem came out on top in 451 constituencies in the first round, but only did so in 201 this time.
To see how people voted in your area of France, you can visit the interior ministry website, choose your department and then the constituency details (if you know them) - or find your city / town / village under the alphabetic index.
You will then be shown a list of the candidates and their share of the vote.
President Macron’s Ensemble group includes La République en Marche, Mouvement Démocrate (MoDem) and Horizons, while Nupes unites La France Insoumise, Le Parti socialiste, Europe Écologie - Les Verts and Le Parti communiste français.