Macron's Party Wins First Round of French Legislative Vote With 28.21%

Polls suggest voters will strongly favour Mr Macron's party and dramatically shake up French politics, punishing the traditional left and right parties and leaving no single strong opposition force.

According to the ministry, left-wing Unsubmissive France (La France Insoumise) and Socialist Party got 11.02 and 7.44 percent of votes, respectively.

Having an absolute majority in the National Assembly, France's lower and more powerful house of parliament, will allow Macron to govern more at ease during his five-year term.

France goes to the polls today with President Emmanuel Macron seeking the parliamentary majority he requires to bring about his political revolution. "Next Sunday, the National Assembly will embody the new face of our republic".

His one-year-old LREM party fielded both seasoned veterans and political novices in the parliamentary election, including a former bullfighter, a fighter pilot and a former armed police commander.

Only three candidates won seats outright in the first round, officials said.

Emily Nichol, an economist at Daiwa Capital Markets, said: "While we should still expect Macron's labour market reforms to face opposition from the unions and other usual suspects, their parliamentary passage should be assured".

The pro-European leader's programme enjoys strong support among liberal, well-educated voters in France's big cities, but he is less popular in poorer, rural areas.

Macron's party has also been boosted by a number of high-profile defections from the center right Republican party including his new Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.

France's Socialists who had ruled the country after 2012 have suffered a disastrous defeat, ending up fifth, with about 9% of the votes.

Seven to 12 seats will be claimed by other candidates.

Conceding the party was facing "unprecedented" losses, PS chief Jean-Christophe Cambadelis appealed to voters to rally behind Mr. Macron's rivals to avoid the President monopolising power.

The Republicans, meanwhile, have been dogged by accusations of corruption and rocked by the failure of their presidential candidate, Francois Fillon, to progress to the second round of voting.

But turnout was low, about 49 percent, which analysts said reflected a sense of resignation among Mr Macron's opponents.

"Today fewer than half of French people expressed a preference", he said.

Francois Baroin, the campaign leader for the Republicans party, noted that "the level of abstention ... demonstrates the persistence of divides in French society". "They are neither forgotten nor wiped away".

French President Emmanuel Macron's centrist party claimed a sweeping victory in Sunday's first round of elections to the National Assembly, despite a historically low turnout.

French President Emmanuel Macron's party, the "Republic on the Move", is close to winning another nationwide election, only a month after Mr. Macron was elected president.

The far-right National Front of recently defeated presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is predicted to return between one to four lawmakers.

It is not the first time Macron has showed up May.

  • Leroy Wright