First round of parliamentary elections to kick off in France

by Anadolu Agency

French voters will cast ballots Sunday to elect its legislature.

Emmanuel Macron won the presidency in April — the first head of state to win reelection in two decades.

The first round of elections for the government’s lower house, the National Assembly, is Sunday with the second round one week later on June 19.

Despite a strong majority in his center-right party, Macron will face stiff competition from a coalition known as the New Ecological and Social Popular Union, or NUPES — a group of four opposition parties that chose to band together against Macron.

They are comprised of the Socialist, Communist, EELV Greens and France Unbowed parties.

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