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Macron 'fails to win outright majority' in French National Assembly after elections

French President Emmanuel Macron will lose his majority in the National Assembly, the most powerful branch within the country’s parliament.

The centrist Ensemble alliance of Macron was expected to win the most seats, but the predicted hung parliament was a defeat for Mr Macron. His reform plans may now be re-evaluated amid political uncertainty and power sharing.

After the last round of voting, the left-wing coalition made up of socialists and greens was called the New Ecologic and Social People’s Union. It was led by Jean-Luc Melenchon 70 years old.

France’s citizens went to the polls Sunday to elect the 577 members to the assembly. This lower house is crucial for voting in laws.

Image Jean-Luc Melenchon leads a left-wing coalition

Mr Macron needed 289 seats to win an absolute majority. His alliance was projected to win 224, according to one projection. Another projection placed the total at 210-255, while another projected it at 200-260.

According to one estimate, NUPES would secure between 149 and 200 seats.

Supporters were told by Mr Melenchon that the outcome was “totally unpredicted and unseen”.

In April, Mr Macron was reelected president. A majority of the assembly today would have allowed him to fulfill his campaign promises. These include tax cuts and raising France’s retirement age to 65.

However, Mr Macron could find himself in a series protracted negotiations about domestic policy during a time when foreign concerns are at the centre of the conflict in Ukraine.

His coalition could form an alliance with conservatives or lead a minority government, which will need to negotiate legislation on a case by case basis.

Les Republicains and their allies could win as many as 100 seats which could make them kingmakers.

The projections indicated that Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National party, which is far-right, could win as many as 100 seats – the best result ever.

Jordan Bardella, the party’s spokesperson, said that Emmanuel Macron’s arrogance and contempt for France made him a minority leader.

Gabriel Attal, a member of Mr Macron’s party, told TF1 TV that “Nobody has won”. Olivia Gregoire, a government spokeswoman, said that the results were disappointing but pointed out that the alliance was still the largest group in parliament.

Last week’s first vote saw the left-wing opposition make a surprising strong showing. This sent jitters through Mr Macron and his allies.

This result could be considered unusual. After electing a president French voters generally hand them a comfortable majority in parliament a few weeks later. Francois Mitterrand was an exception in 1988.


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