Macron's party makes big win in legislative election

Exit polls show big win for Macron's party in legislative election

Exit polls show big win for Macron's party in legislative election

With most first round votes counted, the National Front was on course to win about 13.5 percent of votes.

If no candidate manages to achieve that target then all candidates who win at least 12.5% of registered voters will go into the second round, where the victor will advance to parliament.

"It is neither healthy nor desirable for a president who gathered only 24% of the vote in the first round of the presidentials and who was elected in the second round only by the rejection of the extreme right to benefit from a monopoly of national representation", Cambadelis said.

The FN, which has long complained that France's winner-takes-all system discriminates against small parties, is meanwhile forecast to garner only between one and 10 seats.

Macron, a former Economy Minister in France's Socialist government in 2014-2016, founded the centrist progressive political movement "En Marche!"

Opinion polls showed Macrons wouldwin between 360 and 427 seats - easily a majority.

A total of 7,882 candidates are running for 577 seats in the National Assembly in Sunday's first round of the two-stage legislative elections.

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With this electoral rout, it's possible Macron will face no meaningful opposition.

The radical France Insoumise (France Unbowed) of leftist firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon and on-off Communist allies fell short of expectations.

Centrist Emmanuel Macron was sworn in as the eighth president of the French Fifth Republic in a ceremony at the Elysee Palace here on Sunday.

The poll delivered a further crushing blow to the Socialist and conservative parties that had alternated in power for decades until Macron's election in May blew apart the left-right divide.

FRENCH president Emmanuel Macron appeared to be heading for a thumping victory in parliamentary elections.

"We've maybe been disappointed by the score and we have paid the price, I think, for a low turnout", he told reporters. The Socialists, who dominated the last Assembly, are expected to suffer a stinging defeat and win just a few dozen seats.

The FN's deputy leader Florian Philippot admitted to "disappointment" and called on voters to "mobilise massively" for the second round.

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Le Pen, herself in a commanding position to be elected to the national parliament for the first time after winning 46 percent of first round votes, put on a fearless face, urging voters not to abstain next week.

If Sunday's parliamentary results hold up after a second and final round of voting next Sunday, France will be run by both a new president and a new party.

Candidates who win more than 50 percent of the vote will be elected.

He said that a "reaction is indispensable" in order to have a "balanced power" in the assembly.

If the seat projections are confirmed next week, Macron will have a strong mandate to push through the ambitious labour, economic and social reforms he promised on the campaign trail. His parliamentary candidates include a historic number of newcomers that from a cross-section of society: from an ex-bullfighter to a former fighter pilot, a mathematician and an anti-corruption magistrate as well as former local politicians - whose key campaign argument was "give the new president a chance".

Baroin suggested that voters were so enamored of Macron that they failed to scrutinize his program.

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