Jun 10, 2017

Man in a hurry

French voters return to the polls in a two-stage parliamentary election on 11 and 18 June.So can he do it? Voters across the country want to give Mr Macron the leeway to implement his agenda, Philippe Marlière, professor of French politics at University College London, told the BBC. His party already has a boost from early first-round results abroad, where LREM candidates came first in 10 of the 11 overseas constituencies. Thousands of candidates take part in the first round, and anyone who secures 50% of the constituency vote on a minimum turnout of 25% will win in the first round. While the system gives France's 47 million voters the chance to vote for their favourite without tactical considerations in the first round, ultimately it favours big parties, says Prof Marlière. If, as the polls suggest, the National Front attracts around 18% of the vote, it will do well to win 15 seats in the Assembly.

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