Legislative: Macron pleads for unity, Mélenchon warns against “mess”

President Emmanuel Macron during a television interview on a French channel during his official visit to Ukraine on June 16, 2022 ( AFP / Thomas SAMSON )

Absolute or simple majority? Back from Ukraine, Emmanuel Macron pleaded for the unity of France on Friday for the last day of campaigning before the second round of legislative elections on Sunday, while Jean-Luc Mélenchon warns of a “mess” if the voters do not decide. not clearly.

A few hours from the end at midnight of a poisoned campaign between Macronists and Mélenchonists, the Head of State said in an interview with BFMTV that he was coming back “focused, marked” by what he saw in Ukraine the day before, when the oppositions have not ceased since Tuesday to reproach him for his absence from French soil for this trip to Romania and Moldova and then to the country at war just before the second round.

“The moment was the right one because it was when we were ready to act as Europeans,” he added. And “I am convinced that our country, if it knows how to come together, find itself in respect of the differences that there are between each other, can emerge stronger from this crisis at the beginning of this 21st century. “, he added, stressing that “we need a truly European France”.

“It’s good to go, (but) too bad it’s so late,” added ex-EELV presidential candidate Yannick Jadot on franceinfo.

“He was right to do it (…), but what questions it is the timing”, abounded on Cnews the interim president of the National Rally Jordan Bardella, accusing the head of state of “instrumentalising the war”.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of LFI and the united left Nupes, during a press conference before the second round of legislative elections, on June 17, 2022 in Paris (AFP / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT)

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of LFI and the united left Nupes, during a press conference before the second round of legislative elections, on June 17, 2022 in Paris (AFP / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT)

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of LFI and of the Nupes United Left (LFI, PS, EELV, PCF), seeing himself with a majority in the Assembly and Prime Minister, insisted on the need, faced with Mr. Poutine, to to show “that there is not a crack in the opposition, which we all make to the invasion and sacking of Ukraine”.

In a press conference in the middle of a heat wave, he also attacked Emmanuel Macron’s “climate inaction” who believes, according to him “that the market will settle everything”.

– Reports of votes and abstentions –

“The president is in his role” and “I am in action here, (…) thoroughly on the ground”, defended Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on RTL, from her constituency of Calvados, urging again the voters to give “a solid majority” to Emmanuel Macron on Sunday.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne distributes leaflets before the second round of legislative elections on June 17, 2022 in Clécy, Calvados (AFP / Sameer Al-DOUMY)

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne distributes leaflets before the second round of legislative elections on June 17, 2022 in Clécy, Calvados (AFP / Sameer Al-DOUMY)

Because the polls do not guarantee an absolute majority of at least 289 seats in the presidential camp. Elabe for BFMTV and L’Express predicts Friday between 255 and 295 seats for the macronist coalition Ensemble!, against 150 to 200 for Nupes, and Ipsos for FranceTV and Radio France between 265 and 305 seats for Ensemble! against 140 to 180 at Nupes.

“The situation is not favorable” to Emmanuel Macron if we compare his 28% in the presidential election and the “only 26% for Together! during the legislative elections” to his scores in 2017, “when a quarter of the voters had supported him during the presidential election and a third in the legislative elections”, reminds AFP Jean-Daniel Lévy, director general of the Harris Interactive polling institute.

The result of the ballot on Sunday “depends on the dynamics of the campaign, abstention and the carryover of votes”, explains Bernard Sananès, president of the Elabe institute, while less than one in two voters moved to the ballot boxes in the first round.

– “Mess” –

The Macronist and Melenchonist camps, which will constitute the two main blocs of the future National Assembly, each continue to warn of the risk of an unmanageable hemicycle in the event of the victory of the other.

Results of the vote for the candidates invested by the main parties or alliances in the 1st round of the legislative elections, according to complete results ( AFP / )

Results of the vote for the candidates invested by the main parties or alliances in the 1st round of the legislative elections, according to complete results ( AFP / )

Elisabeth Borne again castigated on Friday the “dangerous project” of Nupes “for our economy”, not to mention the “ambiguities” of Jean-Luc Mélenchon² “on republican values”, and the head of the Modem François Bayrou warned Thursday against a “universal bazaar” in the Assembly if Emmanuel Macron did not have an absolute majority against a large Nupes group.

On the LFI side, we repeat that “the chaos is them”, and after a first round of record abstention – less than one in two voters went to vote – Jean-Luc Mélenchon again urged Friday to go to the polls to “decide” because “if you don’t decide what you want, it will be a mess for months”.

As for the Republicans, they see themselves as arbiters: “if Emmanuel Macron does not have an absolute majority then the right will become unavoidable” and his “role will be to” spur the government towards reforms which are rather markers of the right “, said MEP Agnès Even on RFI.

Marine Le Pen visiting Hayange, June 16, 2022 in Moselle (AFP / Jean-Christophe VERHAEGEN)

Marine Le Pen visiting Hayange, June 16, 2022 in Moselle (AFP / Jean-Christophe VERHAEGEN)

Marine Le Pen, in her Pas-de-Calais constituency, said she was aiming for an RN group “which is as powerful as possible”. “We will be combative deputies, hoping that Emmanuel Macron will become a president of the minority Republic”.

“Of course I always fear abstention”, she acknowledged, once again urging voters to vote: “they must help us defend them, they must help us help them” , did she say.

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Legislative: Macron pleads for unity, Mélenchon warns against “mess”


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