France votes new parliament in first-round electionStaff Writer | June 11, 2017
French voters went to the polls on Sunday to pick the lower house's 577 members in the first round of parliamentary elections.
France Around 47 million people are eligible to vote
Opinion polls forecast the Republic On The Move (LREM), a centrist political movement that Macron created only a year ago, will lead Sunday's vote with 30 percent, ahead of the conservative The Republicans party and its allies with about 20 percent as well as the far-right National Front with 18 percent.
More than 7,800 candidates are vying for the 577 seats in the parliament. Top vote-getters advance to the second round scheduled for June 18.
Around 47 million people are eligible to vote in France. Polling stations will remain open until 8:00 p.m. local time (1800 GMT) in big cities and until 7:00 p.m local time (1700 GMT) in other places. Exit polls are expected to be released immediately afterwards. ■