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French President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist parliamentary alliance is set to lose its majority in the final round of the country’s legislative elections.
Sunday’s projections show that candidates backed by Macron’s alliance are expected to win between 200 and 250 seats, fewer than the 289 that would give the alliance a majority in the National Assembly. Projections are based on partial results.
Meanwhile, the far-right National Rally, led by Marine Le Pen, is expected to make significant gains in the election, potentially winning more than 80 seats, up from their previous eight seats.
The country’s hard left, which includes the Socialists and the Greens, is expected to have between 150 and 200 seats and become the opposition man.
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The results are expected to make Macron’s agenda much harder to implement, which includes tax cuts and raising the retirement age from 62 to 65.
Le Penn, who lost the country’s presidential election in May, said “the Macron adventure has come to an end,” adding that the next group of National Rally lawmakers “will be by far the largest in the world.” history of our political family”.
Jordan Bardella, acting president of the National Rally, said his party’s results are comparable to a “tsunami”.
Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the left-wing coalition, called the results a “failure” for Macron.
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“It is the electoral failure of macronism,” said Mélenchon.
Olivia Grégoire, Macron’s spokesperson, said on television that “we have had better evenings”.
“It’s a disappointing top position, but still a top position,” she said.
Macron’s centrist alliance will now be forced to negotiate with other lawmakers following the election.
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According to France 24, the country is facing its highest ever abstention rate of citizens heading to the polls in the first round of parliamentary elections, with 52.49% of voters deciding to stay home.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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