The final round of parliamentary elections has begun in France. The polling stations opened at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Around 48.9 million registered voters can cast their vote. Shortly after President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected for a second term, the French are electing a new parliament. The 577 seats in the National Assembly are voted on.

For the center politician Macron, it is about securing a parliamentary majority again. After the first round of elections last weekend, it did not seem certain that the presidential camp would be able to maintain its absolute majority in parliament.

In particular, the new left-wing alliance of Left Party, Socialists, Greens and Communists, led by left-wing politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon, can hope for significantly more seats in Parliament. Should the president’s center camp achieve only a relative majority, the president and government would be forced to seek support from the other camps. Voter turnout, which reached a low of 47.5 percent in the first round, could also play a role.