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Between alliances and dissidences, last hours for French applications

Photo: Miguel Medina Agence France-Presse Applicants have until 6 p.m. local time to submit their declaration of candidacy in the 577 French constituencies for the legislative elections on June 30 and July 7.

Fabrice Randoux – Agence France-Presse in Paris

Published at 10:24 a.m.

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A week after President Emmanuel Macron's shock decision to dissolve the National Assembly, French voters will discover on Sunday evening the final list of candidates for the legislative elections, at the end of negotiations which have shaken up the political landscape of the country.

Applicants have until 6 p.m. local time to submit their declaration of candidacy in the 577 French constituencies for the legislative elections on June 30 and July 7, including the National Rally (RN, far right) is the big favorite after having already triumphed in the European elections.

Dissident candidates on the left, local alliances between the right and the presidential majority, rallying of part of the Republicans ( LR, right) to the RN… Everything should be known on Sunday evening after a week of confusion and the day after mobilizations against the far right, which brought together 250,000 people in the country (640,000 according to the CGT union)

On the left, the offer is already known since the hasty formation of the New Popular Front, an alliance ranging from anti-capitalist micro-parties to the former president of the social-democratic Republic François Hollande.

This coalition, which managed to agree in a few days on a common program despite fundamental differences, also received the support of the former socialist prime minister Lionel Jospin (1997-2002) who makes the only “dike” capable of containing the RN.

This Popular Front must however still convince that it can resist the heterogeneity of its components and the crises which are already cracking its unity.

Dominant force on the left, France Insoumise (LFI, radical left) was accused of having engaged in a “purge” by refusing to reappoint elected officials who had criticized the personality and line of party boss Jean-Luc Mélenchon, divisive figure and former presidential candidate.

“Investigations for life do not exist”, scathed the leader of the radical left on Sunday, while appearing conciliatory on his candidacy for the post of prime minister, which many do not want.

“If you think that I should not be prime minister, I will not be,” said – he declared on the France 3 channel.

The left-wing coalition was also shaken by the desire of LFI to invest a close friend of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the outgoing deputy Adrien Quatennens, despite his sentence in 2022 to four months of suspended imprisonment for domestic violence.

Faced with the anger aroused by this announcement among the partners of LFI, Mr. Quatennens announced on Sunday that he was renouncing his candidacy.

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Purchasing power

In the camp of Emmanuel Macron, stunned by the dissolution and weakened in the polls after its debacle in the European elections, the time has come for remobilization under the leadership of Prime Minister Gabriel Attal.

On purchasing power, the first theme put forward by the French, the Prime Minister promised several measures on Saturday in the event of his camp's victory: a reduction in electricity bills of 15% “from next winter” or an increase in the amount of the so-called “Macron” tax-free bonus, which companies can pay to their employees.

The Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire, for his part, warned on Sunday against the increase in the monthly minimum wage to 1,600 euros net proposed by the left, which will, according to him, cause “mass unemployment”.

Du side of LR, after a chaotic week marked by the solitary choice of its president Éric Ciotti to ally with the RN, the party tries as best it can to maintain a line independent of the executive as well as the far right. 60~/p>

The boss of the RN Jordan Bardella, who at 28 is aiming for the post of prime minister, announced that there would be “a common candidate” with the right “in 70 constituencies”. He also confirmed on Sunday that he wanted to “eventually” privatize public broadcasting if his party came to power.

Marie-Caroline Le Pen, sister of the leader of deputies RN Marine Le Pen, announced on Sunday that she was a candidate for the legislative elections.

According to an Elabe survey for the BFMTV channel and the daily La Tribune on Sunday, one in three French people would like a victory for the RN, one in four for the left alliance and one in five for Renaissance.

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