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Onecessary underneath penalty of monetary penalties, gender parity in candidacies for the legislative elections reveals, for the early ballot on Sunday, a decline of three factors, attributed to the haste linked to the shock dissolution.

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Of the 4,009 candidates, 41% are ladies, in comparison with 44% over the last legislative elections in 2022, based on the rely made by Agence France Presse (AFP) based mostly on information from the Ministry of the Interior.

“We are currently facing what is called in sociology a form of regression on habitus: in a crisis situation, we will return to old, extremely gendered logics of political recruitment”, evaluation by AFP Sandrine Lévêque, professor of political science in Lille and co-author of Women in politics (The Discovery, 2006).

An equal variety of candidates

Since 2000, political events have been required to appoint an equal variety of candidates for the legislative elections. If the hole between the variety of candidates of every gender exceeds 2% of the entire variety of these candidates, the events are topic to monetary penalties.

These sanctions, which take the type of a deduction from the monetary allocation of political events, have been doubled in 2014. Their quantity was thus elevated to 150% of the distinction in relation to the variety of candidates, in comparison with 75% beforehand.

With a direct affect on the events' accounts. After the final legislative elections in 2022, the Republicans (LR) social gathering was penalized by nearly 1.3 million euros for having introduced 256 males and solely 157 ladies.

Together, for the presidential majority, had additionally been sanctioned (511,000 euros). Europe Ecologie Les Verts (EELV) had for its half been fined 78,000 euros for having invested 54 candidates in opposition to 51 candidates.

For Sunday's election, LR has invested 32% of girls, Renaissance and Horizons 45%, RN and its allies underneath the label “Union of the extreme right” 44%. The New Popular Front (NFP) for its half invested 47.3% of girls.

A binomial vote

Beyond the figures, “we have to see where these candidates have been invested,” underlines Sandrine Lévêque. “Some parties, like the RN, have adopted a strategy which aims to present women in difficult-to-win constituencies.”

“This allows them to keep their endowments while ensuring that women are not elected,” she provides.

In a report revealed in 2022, the High Council for Equality (HCE) thought-about an “Act II” of parity to be “necessary”, noting that political events most popular to “circumvent the rules and pay fines rather than respect parity.”

The HCE steered, amongst different issues, choosing a binomial poll for the legislative elections, by dividing the variety of constituencies by 2 and electing parliamentarians in pairs.

Since the entry into drive of the legislation on parity, the hemicycle of the National Assembly has develop into extra feminized, going from 12.3% of feminine deputies in 2002 to 37.3% in 2022. The 2017 legislative elections had been marked by a historic peak, with 38.8% ladies on the benches of the Palais Bourbon.