Such a margin of victory in the 577-seat house would give Macron, a pro-European centrist, the majority he craves to further his political revolution and would inflict a further blow on the country’s traditional ruling parties.
Macron’s party, founded just a year ago, won on the first-round of elections on June 11 with less than half of eligible voters going to the polls. Nonetheless, it represented a remarkable achievement for Macron, who won the French presidency last month without the support of a traditional mainstream party.
The novice La Republique En Marche party and its allies — Mouvement Dmocrate (MoDem) — won a combined 32.3% of the vote in the election’s first round. The established Les Rpublicains trailed with 15.8% of the vote.
How Emmanuel Macron won the French presidency
Both the Republican and Socialist parties, which have traditionally governed during the time of the Fifth Republic, struggled with turnout.
Le Pen’s right wing Front National party garnered 13.2% of the vote last Sunday and is expected to take between one and four seats. Jean-Luc Mlenchon’s far-left party will likely claim between 10-20 seats after accounting for 11% of the vote in the first round.
The newly-elected president is leading a country suffering from high unemployment, a stagnant economy and security worries.
Macron is hoping to carry out the far-reaching reforms he promised during his campaign but first he needs a majority in Parliament.
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