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French election 2017: Why is France having another vote? What is the legislative election?

June 16, 2017 11:11 AM
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Why is France having another election?

Each of the 577 seats return an MP using two-round first-past-the-post system.

If a candidate wins 50 per cent or more of the first round of voting, they are elected to the Assembly.

This rarely happens, and so in most cases the top two candidates (and any other candidate who wins more than 12.5 per cent of the local electorate) are put through to a second vote.

This year a total of 7,882 candidates are standing across France. The average age of the candidates is 48.5 years, and more than 42 per cent are women.

In the outgoing parliament women made up just 27 per cent of deputies.

Since 2002 legislative elections have taken place shortly after the presidential election in order to give the new president a strong mandate.


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