France Decides: Second Round of Parliamentary Elections Underway

Today is election day for France as people head to the polls for the second round of parliamentary elections across the country. Polling stations opened at 08:15:00 local time, inviting the citizens to express their opinions in voting until the evening when the urban areas closed at 20:00. 

The following are the consequences of this election in relation to the political future of France, especially with regard to the RN: After the first round of the voting, the candidates who withdrew recently and aimed at concentrating the anti-RN vote made the winner’s position in the final level less predictable. 

The problem that a voter is trying to solve in contemporary political culture is the problem of RN and the possibility of Right-wing radical factions to combine their efforts against it. The centrists may seem to vote for the extreme left candidates and the left-wing voters may also grudgingly cast their vote for the Macronists This creates an implied voting pattern. 

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The significance of these elections is further brought out by a very high turnout of 26 senators. 63% by midday – the most people have participated in parliamentary voting since 1981. This strong turn out is as a result of the increased political activism and politically knowledgeable competent citizens who appreciate the importance of this election might be decisive in the future of the nation. 

French President Emmanuel Macron who asked for this early election only one month ago now will have to wait for the final results that will define the structure of the 501-member Assemblée Nationale. To form a government the party needs a clear majority which is 289, none of the party was able to get this number in the first round. 

During it, projections and some preliminary results are declared as soon as the voting is over; thus, it gives a brief idea about the political future of the country. Nevertheless, due to the complex tendencies of voters and the computational manipulations of political parties and blocks, the result always stays open until the very last vote is counted. 

France, a hub of politics and rich political history is set for an evening of drama. The nation resides in abeyance to discover whether it will continue on a divided parliament or more seriously may face the novel challenge of a far-right government. 

This campaign has been vigorous for the day to be established; this has involved heated discussions and various political parties’ lobbying for the position. Presumably, for most French citizens, the end of this election will be viewed as a given since the French political campaigning and deliberation period lasted a month. 

The world community also follows this process too, this is because the outcome of these elections will certainly affect the internal politics of France and its activities within the framework of the European Union. The likely consequences of this election do not only pertain to the national economy, immigration, and foreign policy, which is why the results of the election raise interest not only nationally but internationally as well. 

With the voting carried out throughout the day and well into the night, the French citizens as well as worldwide observers wait in suspense, for the decisions that will determine the destiny of the country. We present to the readers the most often used words of many political commentators: “Nothing is decided until the day is out,” which evidently conveys the uncertainty that surrounds this decisive stage for the French people. 


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