Fabien Roussel, who was eliminated in the first round in the presidential election on April 10, with only 2.28% vote, has returned to his stronghold to regain his health. The communist won 34.13% of votes in the first round in 20th district of North legislative elections. He is ahead Guillaume Florquin (National Rally candidate), who won 32.64%. Florquin will be his opponent next Sunday in round 2.
Fabien Roussel was a part of an agreement with the main left forces (La France Insoumise, the Socialist Party and the Communist Party) and had full access (or almost) to the dissident LFI candidacy by Eric Renaud to renew his mandate at the National Assembly.
Given the results of his first round in the presidential election, the agreement might have been a benefit to him. Fabien Roussel, who had scored his highest French score (12.31%), six times higher than his national score, was still ahead of Jean-Luc Melenchon (17 points, 4%). Fabien Roussel kept his distance from JeanLuc Melenchon's demands to be "elected" on the ground and in the media. He had overplayed his differences during the presidential campaign with the Insoumis (especially on nuclear issues), but he did not do so in the media. Prime Minister.
With 36.94%, Marine Le Pen was also the winner in the first round in her constituency's presidential election. Almost double the amount of Emmanuel Macron's 19,27%. However, the communist can rely on 2017's precedent to overthrow the National Rally. Five years ago, Fabien Russel easily defeated his far-right rival, winning 63.88%.