Fun Facts and Polls: France Readies for 1st Round of Legislative Elections

© AP Photo / Claude ParisPeople walk past near posters of Jean-Luc Melenchon, a former hard-left candidate in the first round of the presidential election, candidate for the upcoming legislative elections, at the Belsunce district, in Marseille, southern France
People walk past near posters of Jean-Luc Melenchon, a former hard-left candidate in the first round of the presidential election, candidate for the upcoming legislative elections, at the Belsunce district, in Marseille, southern France - Sputnik International
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Just weeks after the presidential election, French voters of the metropolitan area are preparing to cast ballots again as the first round of elections to the National Assembly, the country's lower house of parliament is approaching.

Leader of the French Far-right party the Front National (FN) Marine Le Pen delivers an address in Nanterre, suburban Paris on November 14, 2015, in response to the attacks in which at least 128 people were killed - Sputnik International
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PARIS (Sputnik) — The French citizens will choose 577 lawmakers out of more than 7,800 contenders on Sunday.

The lawmakers are elected by a single-mandate majoritarian system. The victory in the first round is secured by the candidate, who received the absolute majority of votes. For those constituencies where the winner will not be determined immediately, a second round of voting will be held a week later. Two or more candidates with the highest number of votes, or all contenders for whom not less than 12.5 percent ​​of citizens voted, are included in the ballot. A simple majority of votes will be enough to win in the second round.

Security at almost 67,000 polling stations will be provided by 50,000 police and gendarmes, as well as soldiers of the Sentinelle operation to patrol public venues and transport hubs across the country.

Voters Abroad

Emmanuel Macron's close team of the party's La Republique en marche (Republic on move) : Sibeth Ndiaye (C), Head of the public relations of the party, spokesman Benjamin Griveaux (C-R), Richard Ferrand, Julien Denormandie (4thL), Stephane Sejourne (2thL), Jean-Marie Girier (L), Sylvain Fort (3rdL) pose at the Elysee Palace prior to the handover ceremony for new French President Emmanuel Macron (unseen), in Paris, France, 14 May 2017 - Sputnik International
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For the French living abroad, the vote took place a week earlier, on June 3 and June 4. A total of 717 polling stations were opened for voters with the turnout at reaching 19.1 percent. The second round will be held simultaneously with Paris, on June 18.

Candidates from the La Republique En Marche party (LREM), founded by French President Emmanuel Macron won in 10 out of 11 constituencies outside of France in the first round. The only district where the candidate of Macron's movement could not win was the one which includes the countries of the Maghreb.

Prior to the beginning of voting in Metropolitan France, it started in the overseas territories and the overseas departments of France. Polling stations for the voters of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, St. Barthelemy, St. Martin, St. Pierre and Miquelon have opened on Saturday.

Fun Facts

The number of candidates participating in the 2017 parliamentary elections is 7,888, which exceeds the figure for 2012 of 6,500 people, but is not an absolute record. For example, in 2002, 8,444 people became candidates.

The number of candidates from each constituency varies from three to 27, but on average, there are 14 candidates per district.

According to Le Monde newspaper, the most popular male name among the candidates for the National Assembly was Michel — 130 candidates. Next come Philip (103) and Christophe (88). The most popular female name was Isabel (78), followed by Kateryn (69) and Anne (60).

The newspaper also noted that the candidates were younger this year. If in 2012 the average age of the candidates was 50 years, while in 2007 it was 51 years, then in 2017 this indicator was kept at the level of 48.2 years.

Polls

Emmanuel Macron, French presidential candidate and leader of the movement En Marche!, during a news conference following the first round of the election. - Sputnik International
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Public opinion polls show unanimity forecasting the outcome of the parliamentary elections.

According to the Ipsos/Sopra Steria survey published on Friday, the La Republique En Marche party has the support of 31 percent of voters. The party may gain from 397 to 427 seats out of 577 in the parliament. The main opposition in the face of The Republicans party and its allies can get 22 percent of the projected votes, which corresponds to 95-115 seats. The National Front party is supported by 17 percent of respondents, which will allow it to receive from five to 15 seats in the parliament.

The Elabe poll also puts the La Republique En Marche in the lead with 29 percent followed by The Republicans with 23 percent while the National Front is projected to finish third scoring 17 percent.

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