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French overseas territories head to the polls


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French overseas territories head to the polls

As France gears up to head to the polls in the country’s National Assembly elections on Sunday, voting has already begun in overseas territories.

Despite varying degrees of autonomy, all of France’s overseas regions have the right to elect members to parliament and this vote could see French President Emmanuel Macron sure up his term as leader with a big majority.

Voters are casting their ballots in Réunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Polynesia, French Guiana, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Wallis and Futuna, and Saint Barthélemy and Saint Martin.

Polls have shown Macron’s centrist La Republique en Marche party could see a landslide majority, with between 360 and 430 seats out of 577.

The newly elected leader, who fought off Fronte National’s Marine le Pen in the presidential elections earlier this year, will face another challenge from the far right party this time round, as it looks to capitalise on a recent surge in popularity.