FN Unlikely to Match Presidential Race Figures With Legislative Seats - Member

French right-wing National Front (FN) party, which scored only 13.2 percent in Sunday’s first round of the French legislative election, will fail to transform its strong showing in the recent presidential race into a large number of seats in the country’s National Assembly, the FN candidate for the eleventh constituency told Sputnik on Monday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In the 2017 presidential race, Marine Le Pen gained 21.3 percent of the votes in the first round of the elections but lost to Emmanuel Macron in the run-off with 33.9 percent of the votes, against his 66.1 percent.

"The chances at the second round will not show anything better than at the first round. With an abstention at the first rounds of 52%, the abstention will be even higher at the second round and the FN electorate will not mobilize itself more than at the first round despite the presidential election's gains. There will be very few elected members of the parliament from the National Front. Between 1 to 10 maximum, most probably around 3," Sebastien Cochard said.

The leader of France's rightwing Front National (FN), Marine Le Pen. (File) - Sputnik International
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Even three seats would be an improvement for the FN, which holds only two seats in the outgoing parliament. However, the first round's results confirmed that support for Le Pen’s party dropped from around 21 percent nationwide during the presidential race to just 13.2 percent in the legislative contest.

The FN politician criticized the electoral system in France for a "democratic deficit" pointing that the presidential vote’s scenario was likely to be repeated in the second round of the legislative vote when other parties will call for voting against the FN candidates.

Cochard also noted that the results were not reflecting the relative popularity of competing political groups.

"In a proportional voting, on 577 members of parliament, the National Front with 13,2 percent should have had 76 members of parliament. There is a democratic deficit of the representative bodies in France," he said.

Marine Le Pen, French presidential candidate and leader of the political party the National Front, during a news conference following the first round of the presidential election. - Sputnik International
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First-round results decided only four of the 577 seats on offer, leaving the rest to be fought out on June 18 by two or more candidates who survived elimination.

Nationally, French President Emmanuel Macron's Republic on the Move (La Republique En Marche, REM) party is leading in the country's parliamentary election with 28.2 percent of the votes cast followed by the biggest opposition right-wing party, The Republicans, with 18.8 percent.

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