Emmanuel Macron's party looks set for big parliamentary win

France's President Emmanuel Macron left and his wife Brigitte stand on the door step after a meeting with the President of Guatemala Jimmy Morales at the Elysee Palace in Paris today

Macron's La Republique En Marche (Republic on the Move) - which set up just more than a year ago- could go from zero to as many as 430 seats in the 577-seat French national assembly, which could be one of the biggest majorities in post-war France, reports the Guardian.

France's prime minister has declared victory for President Emmanuel Macron's fledgling party in the French parliamentary election's first round, as projected results show his centrist bloc on course for a massive majority to push through his pro-business reforms. To win in the first round, the candidate must obtain an absolute majority, but no less than 25 percent of the votes of all voters registered in the constituency.

President Macron's La Republique en Marche (The Republic on the Move, LREM) and its allies took 32.3 per cent of the vote, official figures released early Monday show.

The far-right National Front (FN) had 13.2%, followed by the far-left France Unbowed on just over 11%.

It was the second setback for the anti-establishment party in barely a month after its leader Marine Le Pen reached the presidential run-off vote only to be soundly beaten by Emmanuel Macron and his bid to renew French politics from the centre.

There are 7,782 candidates vying for the 577 seats in the lower house of France's Parliament - so Macron's party needs 289 for a minimum majority.

"Working class voters vote less in parliamentary elections than in presidential ones", he said.

The right-wing Republican party, which only at the start of this year had seemed on course to win the Presidency under Francois Fillon, will be nearly certainly be the main opposition, with between 70 and 110 seats according to Ipsos projections.

The near-final first-round tally pointed to a legislative majority so crushing that Mr Macron's rivals fretted that the 39-year-old president will be able to govern France nearly unopposed for his full five-year term.

Reformist Mr Macron has pledged to strengthen European Union ties, stabilise public finances, and loosen strictures on business.

The Socialists, France's former ruling party, are seen losing 200 seats.

Runner-up in France's presidential election, Le Pen urged "patriotic" voters to turn out en masse in the second round June 18 and boost her party's small presence in the National Assembly. The final outcome will be decided in the second round of voting next Sunday, reported BBC.

Turnout was much lower than in previous years, down to 48.7 per cent from 57.2 per cent in 2012.

It would be a remarkable achievement for Macron, who won the presidency on May 7, by being a pro-European centrist, is hoping to carry out far-reaching reforms to overhaul the country's political system and economy.

Le Pen's National Front had an even more dismal result, between 3-10 MPs, meaning that once again it won't have a group in the National Assembly.

But the weaker turnout, if borne out in the afternoon, would narrow the second-round field, because candidates need the support of 12.5 percent of registered voters to qualify.



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