| 26 November 2022, Saturday |

The first round of French legislative elections has begun

On Sunday, French voters went to the polls in the first of two rounds to determine if President Emmanuel Macron will gain a substantial majority in parliament or be unable to enact his reform plan.

Polls suggest that a unified left-wing group might deny him an outright majority even if it does not control parliament. Macron’s ability to carry through his reform plan, including a pension overhaul he claims is required to recover public money, is jeopardized. His left-wing opponents, on the other hand, are reducing the retirement age and beginning a big expenditure campaign.

According to current projections, Macron and his supporters, including his former prime minister, Edouard Philippe’s new party, may fall short of a majority of 289 seats by a margin of 40. This will need him seeking collaboration from opposing parties.

  • Sawt Beirut International