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France makes official list of candidacies for European elections

Paris, May 18 (Prensa Latina) France’s Interior Ministry published on Saturday the 37 lists of parties and organizations to compete on June 9th in the European elections for France's 81 seats in the European Parliament.

The Official Journal of the Republic reflects on Saturday three more political forces than in the 2019 elections, although polls only give chances of winning seats in the 2024-2029 legislature of the European Parliament to seven of the 37 registered.

In addition to the traditional parties, which have senators, legislators, mayors or councilors, lists were registered with the most varied causes, from the freedom of Palestine and the defense of children and animals to the promotion of Esperanto as a common language and the rejection of the European Union and NATO.

According to polls, the staunch National Grouping, identified with the extreme right, will comfortably dominate the elections having between 30%-32% of the votes, which would guarantee it around thirty seats in the European Parliament, against twenty at present.

For the second position, the ruling Renaissance party and its allies and the Socialist Party/Public Square tandem seem to be the favorites, with a slight advantage for the former, although neither of the two proposals reaches 20% of the likely votes.

Further away, but with a chance of reaching some of the 81 MEPs assigned to France in the new legislature, which will have 720 seats, the polls place La France Insoumise, Les Republicains, Europe Ecologie des Verts and Reconquer, all below 10% of the voting intentions.

To aspire to seats in the European Parliament a list must obtain at least 5% of the votes, in an appointment at the polls to which almost 50 million French will be summoned on June 9th, with a high rate of abstention that would be around half of the electorate, according to opinion polls.