French people from overseas and abroad called to vote on Saturday

French people from overseas and abroad called to vote on Saturday

The French from overseas territories and abroad open, from Saturday June 18, the ball for the second round of the legislative elections.

At noon, Paris time, it will be 8 a.m. St-Pierre-et-Miquelon, which will be the first overseas territory to vote. One hour later, the polling stations will open in Guyanathen one hour later (2 p.m. in Paris) those of the Martiniqueof the Guadeloupe, of Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthélemy. It is at this time that some French nationals living abroad will also be able to start voting, in particular those fromNorth Americaand those of theSouth America.

In the Pacific, voters cast their ballots on Sunday, but given the time difference, they will start heading to the polls on Saturday evening, metropolis time. Thus Saturday evening at 10 p.m. in Paris, the polling stations will open in Polynesia and to Wallis and futuna. And, an hour later, it will be the turn of the New Caledoniawhere it will be 8 a.m., Sunday.

In the Indian Ocean, where the time difference is less, voters will vote well on Sunday. At 6 a.m. in Paris, the polling stations will open in The meetingfollowed at 7 o’clock by those of Mayotte.

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Absolute or relative majority?

The rest of French voters will vote on Sunday. The ballot will determine the balance of power in the National Assembly between the presidential coalition Together! and the left-wing Nupes alliance. The question is whether the majority that Emmanuel Macron is aiming for will be absolute (289 deputies minimum) or relative, determining the capacity of the President of the Republic to implement his reforms.

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The vote will also say whether the National Rally (RN), which reached the second round of the presidential election with Marine Le Pen, obtains a group, i.e. at least 15 deputies, which gives more resources and speaking time. Voters will also say whether Les Républicains (LR), who collapsed in the presidential election, are still able to weigh in the Assembly.

The future of several ministers is also at stake in these elections. Because, in the event of failure in the legislative elections, the candidate minister will have to leave the government, as the executive reminded us before the ballot.

If the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, does not seem threatened in Calvados, the Minister for Ecological Transition, Amélie de Montchalin, is in great danger in Essonne, as is the boss of En Marche and Minister of the Public Service. , Stanislas Guerini, or the Minister Delegate for Europe, Clément Beaune, both in Paris.

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Be that as it may, a reshuffle is expected after the election, if only for the posts of state secretaries, which have not yet been filled.

The weight of abstention and vote carryovers

Back from Ukraine, President Emmanuel Macron pleaded for a “Truly European France”after accusing his opponents of the Nupes of wanting to leave the European Union (EU), and demanded a “solid majority”. Elisabeth Borne, for her part, castigated a political project from the Nupes to the “very negative consequences” on the economy, as well as ” lies “ by Jean-Luc Melenchon.

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The Nupes leader also asked for a result “clean” otherwise “it will be a mess”. Marine Le Pen for her part called on her voters to make Emmanuel Macron a “minority residentwhile castigating “an extreme left which is the most sectarian, the most violent”.

Abstention and carry-over votes will be decisive. Less than one in two voters had moved in the first round, and the trend could be confirmed this weekend.

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The World with AFP