How France will help decide the 2024 European elections

With nearly 50 million eligible voters and more than 80 seats, France has a bigger say in choosing the next European parliament than any other country except Germany. As EU elections approach, RFI looks at who's running and how French electors are expected to vote.

While polls in other parts of the European Union open from 6 June, voting takes place in mainland France on 9 June.

It's open to all registered French citizens aged 18 and up, as well as EU nationals living in France.

The polls will decide who sits in the European parliament for the next five years.

They're also a chance for a mid-term clash between French rivals ahead of the next national elections in 2027, notably between President Emmanuel Macron's centrists and his challengers on the hard right.

Here are the need-to-knows of the EU elections in France.

► How many seats does France get in the European parliament?

France will fill a record number of seats in the next EU parliament: 81, two more than it holds currently.

That's because the legislature is getting an extra 15 seats, which are meant to rebalance representation in line with the latest population counts. It also continues the process of restructuring the parliament since the UK left the EU in 2020, which saw some seats scrapped and others redistributed.

France is one of 12 member states to benefit from the latest rejig. It remains the second-biggest country in the parliament after Germany, which leads with 96 seats out of a total of 720.

She has made much of her EU credentials, as well her background in rural France.

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