Exit polls: Big majority for Macron in parliament

Exit polls: Big majority for Macron in parliament

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President Emmanuel Macron’s fledgling En Marche! party has secured a large majority in parliamentary elections, exit polls suggest.

An Elabe estimate broadcast on French television suggests his centrist movement will win as many as 425 seats out of the 577 up for grabs in the national assembly.

Turnout in the election was estimated to be extremely low, with a senior En Marche! official warning that high levels of abstention are bad news for democracy.

Mr Macron has the potential to secure one of France’s biggest post-war majorities, strengthening his hand in implementing his business-friendly, pro-EU programme.

It has been a bad night for the Socialists, who are predicted to win just 27 to 49 seats – losing 200 of their lawmakers.

The party, which was in power for five years under former president Francois Hollande, has been associated with years of high unemployment, low national confidence and social unrest.

Marine Le Pen, Mr Macron’s far-right rival in the final round of the presidential election, has won a seat in parliament – but her National Front party is only forecast to get a total of four to eight seats.

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