Jun 12, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
French voters are choosing lawmakers in a parliamentary election as President Emmanuel Macron seeks to secure his centrist majority.
His party is facing competition from a newly formed leftist coalition.
More than 6,000 candidates are running for 577 seats in the National Assembly in Sunday’s first round of voting.
Those winning more than 50% of the vote will be elected immediately.
In other cases, up to four candidates who get at least 12.5% support will advance to the second round on June 19th.
Macron was reelected in May.
The main opposition, led by hard-left politician Jean-Luc Melenchon, is against Macron raising France’s retirement age from 62 to 65, which he has promised to do.