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Macron's party on course to mammoth majority in French parliamentary elections

Staff Writer | June 11, 2017
Initial results for the first round of France's parliamentary elections pointed to a mammoth majority for President Emmanuel Macron's gleaming new Republique en Marche party on a day when the turn-out was only 50 percent, The Local reports.
French parliamentary elections
France   Early projections
Macron's party scored 32.2 to 32.9 percent in the first-round parliamentary vote, initial projections said, compared to 20.9 percent for the right wing Republicans party, 13 percent for Marine Le Pen's National Front, 11 percent for the far left France Insoumise (France Unbowed), led by Jean-Luc Melenchon and only 9 percent for France's beleaguered Socialist party.

However the one downside for Macron was that voter turn-out was only 50 percent, the lowest since 1958.

We won't know how many seats Republique en Marche (REM) will obtain until next Sunday's second round vote, but early projections by pollsters Elabe suggest Macron's party could end up with as many as 445 seats in the 577 seat parliament. That would easily break all previous records.