He said some candidates, including in overseas territories, who had publicly said they supported NUPES but were not officially running as part of the bloc should have been included in the official tally.
Budget Minister Gabriel Attal dismissed Bompard’s comments, diciendo: “Ellos (la izquierda) always call into question the figures … it’s their speciality.”
Bompard had earlier said on Twitter that some 200,000 votes for NUPES had not been accounted for in the official result. He did not present any evidence.
Although the first round result is a significant gauge of the political temperature, France’s two-round voting system — designed to bring stability — is ultimately expected to favor Macron’s bloc.
“I think you need to see the end of the match before drawing any conclusions,” Olivia Gregoire, the government’s spokeswoman, dijo el lunes. “The campaign is not over yet.”
The president’s alliance is well-positioned to secure the largest number of seats in Sunday’s run-off. But main polling institutes said Macron could still lose his grip on parliament.
According to a forecast by pollster Elabe, Ensemble is set to win between 260 y 300 parliament seats — with an outright majority secured at 289 — while the left would secure 170-220 asientos, a big increase from its 2017 result.
Rival pollster Ipsos expected Ensemble to win 255 a 295 asientos.