Details that you need to Know as French People go to the Polls

France experienced an earthquake last month. However, this was not a geographical earthquake, but it was a political earthquake as Emanuel Macron beat all odds to become the president of France. This was a feat that has never been achieved before as he did it with a new party that was only formed last year in April. He also beat experienced politicians who had been in the French political arena for many years. He managed to achieve this feat by promising the people of France massive reforms that he can only achieve if he wins the majority in parliament. This will be determined today as the French people are going to the polls for the first round . The next round of voting will be done in a weeks’ time. While there is a lot that is hanging in the balance for the new president, here is what you need to know about the French parliamentary elections.

As of today, around 47 million French citizens are eligible to cast their votes in this round. Polls will open as 0600 GMT which is expected to be 8 am local time. They will then close at 1800 GMT or 8 pm in the big French cities such as Paris. It’s expected that 50,000 additional police will be on patrol to provide extra security to prevent any incidents. For the French people living overseas, they have already cast their vote in favor of Emanuel Macron’s party. It’s estimated that there are 1.5 million French people living abroad. This population has been divided into 12 constituencies of which Emanuel Macron’s party has already won 11.

In a rough estimate, it’s said that each French constituency has 125,000 people and there are 577 constituencies in France. The elections have attracted 7882 candidates, and new faces are expected owing that over 200 outgoing members are not vying. 42 percent of the candidates are women, and the median age of the candidates is approximated to be 48 years. Within the outgoing members of parliament, 27 percent were women. The French people have a history of voting members of parliament from the president’s party. It’s, therefore, expected that Emanuel Macron should get the majority of seats in parliament. However, should Emanuel Macron fail to win the majority in parliament, he will be left with one difficult task of joining hands with left and right parties to establish a coalition. There are many faces to look out in this election.

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