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Macron eyes landslide French parliamentary victory

Staff Writer | June 18, 2017
Voter turnout in the second round of the French legislative election reached 17.75% at midday Paris time.
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This is suggesting that President Emmanuel Macron’s expected landslide victory could be marred by one of the lowest turnout in French modern history.

Turnout in the second round of France's parliamentary election Sunday was sharply down on the last vote five years ago, official statistics showed, France 24 reports.

By midday only 17.75 percent of the electorate had cast a ballot, down from 21.41 percent at the same time in the 2012 election and 19.24 percent in the June 11 first round of voting.

Just a month after the 39-year-old ex-banker became the youngest head of state in modern French history, pollsters forecast his centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party will win as many as 75-80 percent of seats in the lower house of parliament.

The start-up LREM is barely more than a year old and as many as three quarters of lawmakers are likely to be political novices, something which will change the face of parliament at the expense of the conservative and socialist parties which have ruled France for decades.