France began voting in the first round of parliamentary elections

France began voting in the first round of parliamentary elections

PARIS, 11 Feb — RIA Novosti, Victoria Ivanova. The polls, which the citizens of France will vote in the first round of elections in the country’s Parliament, opened on Sunday morning in the French metropolis.

French voters have to choose the 577 deputies of the lower house of Parliament — the National Assembly of the country for more than 7.8 thousand applicants.

The start of the voting was given at 08.00 a.m. Paris time (09.00 GMT), it will last till 18.00 (19.00 GMT). In some cities, a decision of the local authorities the time of opening or closing sections can be shifted, but the last part should be closed to voters not later than 20.00 (21.00 GMT). In particular, the work sites will be extended in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse and Nantes.

Deputies are elected in single-mandate majoritarian system. The victory achieved in the first round the candidate who receives an absolute majority of votes. In those constituencies where the winner is not defined, a week later will host the second round of voting. Will be enough to win a simple majority of votes.

Security at almost 67 thousands of polling stations will provide 50 thousand policemen and gendarmes, and soldiers of operation Sentinelle.

According to released on Friday the results of the survey Ipsos/Sopra Steria, movement “Forward, Republic of”, which brought to power President Emmanuel Macron, to garner the support of 31% of voters. According to the forecasts of the study, the motion of the President of France may obtain from 397 to 427 of 577 seats in Parliament. The main opposition forces in the country — the party “the Republicans” and its allies — can get 22% of votes, which corresponds to the 95-115 seats in the National Assembly. The party “national front” to garner the support of 17% of the electorate, enabling it to receive from 5 to 15 seats in Parliament.

According to the survey, the company Elabe, a favorite vote is also “Forward Republic” in Alliance with the party “Democratic movement” (MoDem) — 29% of the vote. “Republicans” with allies will receive 23% of the votes, and NetFront — 17%.