French See No One to Counter Macron, Set to Sweep Parliament

With a majority in Parliament and hundreds of lawmakers who are new to politics, the president would hold extensive control over the government.

For constituencies not filled on Sunday, a second run-off vote will take place a week later.

The European single currency advanced Monday after French voters put President Emmanuel Macron's party on course for a crushing parliamentary majority.

With 94 percent of votes counted, the Interior Ministry said Macron's Republic on the Move! party won 28 percent of votes.

To claim a majority in Parliament, candidates supporting Macron will need to win at least 289 seats.

Other parties' leaders blamed the historically low turnout for their poor showing and said it masked the depth of the divisions in France's political landscape.

According to the latest polls, Macron's movement appears in a position to win potentially as many as 400 seats.

"A political novice, Emmanuel Macron is set to pull off the most spectacular grand slam of the Fifth Republic", wrote Laurent Joffrin of the left-leaning Liberation daily.

"France is back", said French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

"We are concerned by this data", Collomb said Sunday.

The prime minister also thanked security services for protecting voting stations and ensuring a safe vote after a string of deadly extremist attacks.

She also slammed the electoral system as unfavourable to smaller parties like hers.

Conceding that the party was facing "unprecedented" losses, Cambadelis appealed to voters to rally behind Macron's rivals to avoid the president monopolising power.

The party's secretary general, Nicolas Bay, warned of Macron getting "a majority so big that he will have a sort of blank check for the next five years". After the first round of the legislative elections on June 11th, President Emmanuel Macron's party, La République en Marche!

Former presidential candidate Marine Le Pen's right-wing Front National party garnered 13.2 per cent of the vote, but looked to win only a smattering of seats.

If LREM fails to win a majority, Mr Macron will have to strike deals to push through his manifesto commitments.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Macron on a "great success" Sunday, calling it "a vote for reforms". The Socialists, who dominated the last Assembly are expected to suffer a stinging defeat and win just a few dozen seats.

Election officials said turnout was less than 49 percent, a record low for modern France.

Few MPs were elected outright on Sunday. There are frequently runoffs with two, three or four candidates, since anyone taking more than 12.5 percent of the eligible votes in a district can compete in the second round. He voted for Macron's party, then brought his kids to play in the fountains of a Paris park on an extraordinary spring day.

That would give France's youngest leader since Napoleon a powerful mandate with which to make good on campaign pledges to revive France's fortunes by cleaning up politics and easing regulations that investors say hobble the eurozone's second biggest economy.

  • Leroy Wright