panorama of a very broad electoral offer
► The extreme left bloodless
The dynamic set in motion within the anti-liberal left by Jean-Luc Mélenchon has electorally marginalized the far left. Workers’ Struggle (LO), the Trotskyist group embodied yesterday by Arlette Laguiller and today by Nathalie Arthaud, nevertheless has a representative in almost all the constituencies (554). Apart from the 115 candidates of Democratic Independent Workers Partythe other extreme left formations, including the NPA of Philippe Poutou, are only in the running in a few places.
► The left dominated by Nupes
The alliance from the first round of the main left-wing parties (LFI, PCF, EELV, PS, etc.) within the New People’s Ecological and Social Union (Nupes) is unprecedented. It concerns 545 constituencies, that is to say all except the 27 overseas and the 4 in Corsica, to which are added internal conflicts in two constituencies
Opposite, three more or less organized left-wing forces present a significant number of candidates, sometimes jointly supported. First of all, the Federation of the Republican Left, which brings together a fringe of the former left wing of the PS and left radicals, former chevènementists and relatives of Arnaud Montebourg. Then, dissident socialists anti-Nupes close to Carole Delga (president of the regional council of Occitanie), Stéphane Le Foll (mayor of Le Mans) or Hélène Geoffroy (mayor of Vaulx-en-Velin). Finally, the Radical Left Party (PRG).
These three forces criticize Jean-Luc Mélenchon for his variable geometry secularism, the last two also wishing to perpetuate a left that does not call into question the foundations of the European Union, in the heritage of the presidencies of François Mitterrand then of François Holland.
► A center beyond the presidential majority
The Macronist coalition Together ! granted nominations in almost all the constituencies (559). Objective: to regain an absolute majority of seats in the National Assembly.
However, this is not alone in the center, since two cartels also claim it. The first is constituted by theCentrist Alliance of Philippe Folliot (Senator of the Tarn) and theUnion of Centrists and Ecologists of Christophe Madrolle, successively passed by The Greens then the MoDem. Several dissidents from the presidential majority joined it, including a handful of outgoing deputies who were not reinvested.
The second cartel, Ecology at the center, brings together former minister Corinne Lepage (president of Cap21) and a controversial personality, businessman Jean-Marc Governatori. All have one thing in common: challenge the left’s monopoly on ecology.
► The right absent from certain constituencies
Unity from the first round is usual between the three main right-wing parties: The RepublicansI’IDU by Jean-Christophe Lagarde and The Centrists-The New Center by Herve Morin. This will be the case in 469 constituencies, against 28 official “primaries”. Elsewhere, however, the situation is more blurred, with around 40 places where right-wing voters will not have any ballot papers from their political family at their disposal.
Between the right and the far right, the sovereignists and covidosceptics of Nicolas Dupont-Aignan (Debout la France) and Florian Philippot (Les Patriotes) united for the legislative elections, with the support of the small Generation Frexit party. Their Union for France competes in nearly 400 constituencies.
► The extreme right divided
The monopoly of national rally (567 candidates) on the far right is now contested by Reconquest! by Eric Zemmour (553). The latter incorporates members of allied conservative formations: Via-La Voie du peuple (ex-Christian Democratic Party of Christine Boutin and Jean-Frédéric Poisson), Le Mouvement Conservative (ex-Sens commun from La Manif pour tous) and the CNIP, an old organization of more liberal inspiration.
► A myriad of themed parties
Finally, other labels represent more a theme than a position on the political spectrum. This is the case with environmentalists animalist party (421 candidates) and the coalition All united for life (180), which associates six groups. For public funding, they approached a new regionalist federation, united countriesdominated by the modest Breton Party.
However, the main regionalist structures remain those grouped within the federation. Regions and peoples in solidarityto which the three outgoing Corsican deputies are attached.
On themes that are sometimes similar, there are Let’s resist! of Jean Lassalle, who does not represent himself for the benefit of his shepherd brother (Julien Lassalle), and The Rurality Movement (ex-CPNT), a time close to LR.
Finally, among the unclassifiable stand out Together for freedoms (28 candidates only), launched by covidosceptic outgoing MP Martine Wonner, the controversial Union of French Muslim Democrats (84) or the pirate party (95).