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France Election: Macron Party Set for Big Parliamentary Win

Europe | June 12, 2017, Monday @ 08:14| 107 views

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The centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections, BBC reported.

Projections show La République en Marche (Republic on the Move) and its MoDem ally set to win up to 445 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly.

The final outcome will be decided at a run-off next Sunday.

Mr Macron's party was established just over a year ago and many candidates have little or no political experience.

After disappointing results, traditional parties have urged voters to support the president's rivals in the second round, to avoid him monopolizing power.

With all the ballots counted, Mr Macron's LREM and MoDem won 32.3 percent of the vote.

The centre-right Republicans had 21.5 percent, while the far-right National Front (FN) had 13.2 percent, followed by the far-left France Unbowed on just over 11 percent.

The Socialists, previously France's ruling party, and their allies won just 9.5 percent. Projections showed them losing up to 200 seats.

But turnout was sharply down, at 48.7 percent compared with 57.2 percent in the first round in 2012, which analysts said reflected a sense of resignation among Mr Macron's opponents.

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