France: Macron set for landslide majority in parliament

First round of French legislative elections is marked by record low turnout

France: Macron set for landslide majority in parliament

World Bulletin / News Desk

French President Emmanuel Macron's La Republique En Marche (LREM) political movement and its allies are projected to secure a landslide absolute majority in legislative elections with 32.6 percent of the votes, according to projections after polls closed in this first round on Sunday.

According to exit polls, Macron's LREM is seen getting over 400 of the National Assembly's 577 seats, far more than the 289 necessary for an absolute majority.

The conservative Republicans and their allies are predicted to win between 80-100 seats, the Socialist Party's coalition 30-40 and Jean-Luc Melenchon’s left-wing La France insoumise (Unbowed France) party and Communist party allies 10-20.

The victory of the LREM, a movement launched by Macron less than a year ago, is considered a slap to mainstream parties, such as the Socialist party, who received only 10 percent of total vote, which means losing 90 percent of its lawmakers.

The far-right National Front of recently defeated presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is predicted to return between one to four lawmakers.

From five to 12 seats will be claimed by other candidates.

Nevertheless, voter turnout has hit a historic low with abstention in the first round reaching 51.6 percent, according to French Interior Ministry data. In France’s last legislative elections, in 2012, turnout in the first round stood at 57.22 percent.

The Macron victory is the biggest majority seen in France since Charles de Gaulle’s landslide win in 1968. It would likely bring sweeping changes to France's political landscape.

Having an absolute majority at the National Assembly, France’s lower and more powerful house of parliament, will allow Macron to govern more at ease during his five-year terms.

The run-off is scheduled to take place next Sunday, June 18.

The Senate, the upper house, will be elected by an electoral college Sept. 24.

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