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France set to take left turn in legislative elections

The French will head back to polling stations for the final round of legislative elections Sunday to vote for parliament lawmakers who will decide policies for the next five years.

In light of the presidential elections in April that sparked collective anxiety about France heading toward far-right politics, the country appears to be in course correction mode with the resurgence of left-wing politics that could threaten President Emmanuel Macron's majority in parliament.

Though he was reelected with a comfortable margin against far-right opponent Marine Le Pen in the presidential vote, winning a solid majority in the legislature will not be easy.

In 2017, his alliance gained 345 seats in the national assembly. To win an absolute majority in the 577-seat National Assembly, Macron will need at least 289 seats. Polls predict his alliance will win between 265 and 305 seats, however, the results will be by much less than during his first term.

The key factor to Macron is a newly forged left-wing party coalition called NUPES, or the New Ecologic and Social People's Union, painfully gathered by Jean-Luc Melenchon.

The far-left veteran, after his third place in the presidential election, now aspires to be the premier. He is a preferred candidate for youngsters who want policies to be left driven by socialism and an ecologist agenda.


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