Two months after the presidential election which saw the re-election of Emmanuel Macron, the 2022 legislative elections will take place on June 12 and 19 to elect the future deputies who will sit in the National Assembly. The French will therefore once again be called to the polls to elect, for each of the 577 constituencies in mainland France, overseas and abroad, a deputy who will sit in the National Assembly.
If this election is often overshadowed by the presidential election, it is nevertheless a fundamental election in many respects, especially since the new popular ecological and social union (NUPES) which launched its campaign under the leadership of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. . “It is the first time in 25 years that a general agreement has been reached between the traditional forces of the left”, reminded the boss of the Insoumis at the NUPES Convention this Saturday, May 7.
Legislative elections are used to elect the deputies who sit in the National Assembly. As service-public.fr specifies, they are elected by direct universal suffrage by French voters registered on the electoral lists. The voting method is a majority ballot with 2 rounds and by constituencies. Legislative elections have the particularity of being a national election, since the representatives who will sit in the National Assembly are elected, but it is nevertheless organized by constituencies at the local level. As with the presidential election, the ballot is uninonimal since a person is elected and not a list. However, the qualification of the elected candidate differs from the presidential one.
Indeed, to be elected in the first round of legislative elections, a candidate must obtain more than 5% of the votes cast and a number of votes at least equal to 25% of the number of registered voters.
If no candidate is elected in the first round, a second round is organized a week later.
For the 2017 legislative elections, 57.36% of voters did not go to vote, a record since 1958. If these elections are unfortunately often illustrated by a very strong abstention, it must be remembered that an elected President can not put anything in implementation of its policy without having obtained a majority in the National Assembly. According to the Constitution, it is the government that decides the country’s policy and it is the Assembly that must pass laws. If the deputies elected to the legislative elections are not from the same political side as that of the President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and the government must be from the same political family as the Assembly. This is called cohabitation and it has already happened three times under the Fifth Republic (1986-1988, 1993-1995 and 1997-2002).
If he hesitated for a long time to run, the leader of the Reconquest party will finally be a legislative candidate in the 4th district of Var, where he had gathered nearly 15% of the votes in the presidential election. The Reconquest candidate went this Friday, May 13 to Sainte-Maxime to begin his field campaign there in the aisles of the market in the small town. “I will speak to citizens as I spoke during the presidential election, I will speak to them about France, their identity and their material conditions,” he told Var Matin.
“Keep fighting. For my part, I tried but I can’t do it anymore. Journalist and activist Taha Bouhafs, invested by the New Popular, Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) in the 14th district of the Rhône, announced the withdrawal of his candidacy for the legislative elections in a press release published on Twitter on the night of Monday 9 to Tuesday. May 10. “I would have liked to hold on, I would have liked to make you proud. […] I was supported, not enough to hold on, but enough to be grateful”, explained the young man of 25 years.